GIANTS prop Paul Jackson is looking for World Cup success this weekend to help spark the best year of his professional career.
The 29-year-old will line up for Scotland against Wales at Glasgow on Sunday, with the winners booking a trip to Australia for the 2008 World Cup.
And the tough front rower, left, is hoping a Scottish victory will be a taste of things to come for the Giants in Super League XIII.
“I can’t wait for Sunday!” he announced.
“We all know there’s a massive prize at stake with a trip to Australia for next year’s World Cup, and we’re confident we have the squad to beat the Welsh.
“We’ve got a pack full of players with Super League experience, and in Danny Brough, we’ve got one of the best kicking half-backs in the game.
“Going for the win is obviously our aim, but we also know defeat by less than seven points would also be good enough to qualify. We know we can do it.
“But I also want to do well to put me in a really positive mood for the next Super League season.
“I can’t wait to get cracking with Huddersfield again after the season we’ve just had, and knowing there’s a World Cup in Australia to prepare for at the end of next year is an added incentive to keep playing well. All being well, 2008 will be the best of my career.”
Jackson is expected to start for Scotland at prop this weekend.
He was rested for the warm-up game against France at Perpignan last Saturday, although he did travel over with the squad to take part in the preparations for the crunch Welsh clash.
And he believes he is in good shape to make a major impression.
“The body’s good right now. I’m feeling fresh and strong,” he added.
“As well as training with Scotland, I’ve also got my pre-season training programme with the Giants to do. That’s pretty tough, but I believe it’s paying off.
“I’m hopeful I’m in the right sort of shape to help us get the victory we all want.
“I’ve never been to Australia before, so I’m really excited about the prospect of going there. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
“Let’s just say, if we get the right result, the boys at Huddersfield will be having to wipe a very broad grin off my face at the start of pre-season training!”