SUPER Stanley Gene is hoping to mark his 100th Huddersfield Giants appearance by inspiring his side to a historic Super League win at Wigan Warriors tomorrow night (8.00).
Huddersfield have not won a League game at Wigan since April 6, 1957 and will need to be at their best to end that losing streak against a Warriors side who are set to name their strongest line-up of the year.
But the 31-year-old Papua New Guinea international, who made his Giants debut in a 22-22 Super League draw with London Broncos in June, 2001, believes it can be achieved.
And he is looking to play a key role in making that happen.
"It's special to play 100 games for a club," said Gene, who is expecting to recover from a knock on the knee to take his place.
"And I'm amazed I've already reached that landmark at Huddersfield because it only seems like two minutes ago that I arrived. It must be because I've enjoyed my time here so much.
"It will be special walking out at Wigan knowing it's the 100th time I've done it, and the fact it will be in front of the Sky TV cameras makes it even more special.
"I just hope that at the end of the game I'm also able to celebrate a fantastic win for the Giants over Wigan. That really would be the icing on the cake.
"We know that we are facing a strong, young physical side who will take some stopping, but after our victory over London on Sunday we're determined to kick-on and make a strong top-six bid.
"To do that we definitely need to win this match, and I intend to do everything I possibly can to make that happen. There's no way I want such a special occasion to end on an unhappy note."