Huddersfield Giants' Brett Ferres hopes his dream 2013 is still far from over.
The Giants vice-captain produced another quality performance as Huddersfield beat Wakefield 40-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium to lift the Super League Leaders Shield and finish top of British rugby league for the first time in 81 years.
That was the highlight of the in-form back-row forward’s season so far and came two months after helping England beat the Exiles in the one-off summer Origin Test.
But Ferres has already set his sights on eclipsing those achievements and helping the Giants secure Super League Grand Final glory at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 5 – something he knows his side is more than capable of doing.
“This year really does keep getting better and better,” said Ferres.
“The reason I moved from Castleford to the Giants during the middle of last season was the chance to win silverware – I felt Huddersfield were closing in on that.
“My ideal scenario was for that to be achieved this season, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.
“But this obviously isn’t the trophy we really want, even though we’re all absolutely delighted to have got our hands on the Shield!
“We’ve still got our eyes on the main prize – the Super League trophy – and we don’t intend to take our eye off the ball at all.
“We obviously celebrated collecting the Shield on Sunday night and then had a great time at the club’s Player of the Year event the following evening before having the private civic reception with the Mayor of Kirklees at the town hall yesterday.
“But it’s now back down to business to make sure we finish with another win at Bradford Bulls on Saturday.
“One thing you can guarantee with Paul Anderson is that he’ll keep everyone’s feet on the ground and make sure the last couple of days don’t become a distraction.
“All our focus is now on building on our latest win and making sure we’re even more solid at Bradford and can take some real momentum into the play-offs.
“Everything about this season so far has been a dream, but I definitely want it to continue for a little bit longer!”
Ferres’ best rugby league year got off to the perfect start when he and Luke Robinson were appointed joint vice-captains, with Danny Brough the club captain.
It’s the first time the former Bradford and Wakefield man has held a captaincy role, but he feels it’s helped bring the best out of him.
“I think we’ve got a great leadership group here and we work well together,” added Ferres.
“It’s the first time I’ve held a position like this, but I’m really enjoying it. That extra bit of responsibility helps bring a little bit more out of your game.
“But, overall, the key to our success so far has been the way everyone in the squad contributes to the way we’ve been playing, and that’ll be the key in the games we’ve still got ahead of us.”
As well as focusing on the weekend trip to Bradford, Ferres and the Giants will also have one eye on tomorrow night’s Wigan v Leeds clash at the DW Stadium when Huddersfield will host the losers and Warrington entertain the winners in the first week of the play-offs.
And although it has yet to be officially confirmed, there is a strong suggestion the Giants’ fixture will take place next Thursday.