FIT-AGAIN Stephen Wild is confident the Giants can complete a hat trick of Galpharm victories over Bradford Bulls tomorrow (3.00) to help kick-start a strong finish to a poor Super League campaign.
Huddersfield last season ended a nine-year Super League wait by finally beating their big West Yorkshire rivals twice.
The Giants ended the drought with a 36-12 home triumph in May and then backed it up with a second Galpharm Stadium success in August when they triumphed 26-22 on their way to a first top-six play-off finish.
And Great Britain international Wild believes his side are cooking on gas and have more than enough firepower to make it three home wins on the trot against former Giants captain Steve McNamara’s men.
“We conquered some demons last year by finally beating Bradford, and that will give us a lot of confidence going into this match tomorrow. Last season showed we can do it,” said Wild.
“And even though we’ve struggled to get results this season, we’re confident we can put on another good show at the Galpharm.
“Our home form has been pretty solid, and we have, of course, beaten Hull KR and Harlequins in our last two matches here.
“Obviously, it promises to be even tougher this weekend, because Bradford look to be hitting some good form at just the right time, with the likes of Tez Newton, Godwin and Solomona all showing up well.
“So we know we’re going to have to be at our very best to make sure we win. But, as a group, we’re desperate to play well tomorrow and try and finish the season strongly.
“There are still a few of us – like myself – who would like to stake a late claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad.
“That will only be achieved if we start to play much better for the Giants, which is obviously our top priority, and it would be fantastic if that could start tomorrow.”
Wild’s hopes of earning an England call after being a member of the Great Britain squad for the past few seasons suffered a big blow when he got a serious wrist injury at Warrington on Good Friday.
That kept him on the sidelines for three months.
But he is now back in action and getting back to the form that earned him a place in last year’s Super League Dream Team, and he is determined to lead from the front.
“It’s been a tough year, both for the team and for me personally because of the injury,” added Wild.
“It was really frustrating watching from the sidelines, and that’s made me even more determined to see us finish the year strongly.
“Although I’ve still not got full mobility in my wrist – that will take about six months – I’m happy with my fitness levels and keen to make sure 2008 can finish as positively as possible.
“We have got a good squad here, it’s just a case of being more consistent and proving to everyone we can fulfil our potential.”