GIANTS prop Eorl Crabtree wants to be a back-row forward!
That was the 25-year-old’s plea after producing a quality display in the role during Sunday’s 64-12 Super League thrashing of Castleford.
Crabtree played almost a full game – having just a five-minute rest on the sidelines – and made two stunning breaks in the final stages to underline his current high level of fitness.
And he is keeping his fingers crossed coach Jon Sharp picks him again in the back row for Sunday’s home game against Hull FC.
“I absolutely loved it against Cas,” he said.
“After the pre-season I’ve just had, I felt fit and strong, and I think I proved it out on the field at the weekend.
“Although I only had a very short breather, I felt really strong at the end of the game, and that’s fantastic for your confidence.
“I still love playing at prop, but I really enjoyed having a go a little wider.
“You still have the chance to get involved, which is what it’s all about.
“I just hope Jon was happy with what he saw from me and lets me carry on in this new role. I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it.”
Sharp is confident of being able to name the same side against Hull, if he wishes to do so.
Luke Robinson (split ear) and Jamahl Lolesi (split lip) were the injury victims in the weekend win, but will be fit to continue.
And Crabtree is hoping the Giants can now build on the momentum generated against the Tigers.
“Our big hope was that as soon as we got that first win under our belt we’d be away,” he added.
“This Sunday will be the chance to prove it.
“There are still areas we need to work on, but things are definitely coming together.”
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