NEW signing Simon Finnigan believes he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Super League career at the Giants.
The 27-year-old back-row forward, who joined Huddersfield from Bradford Bulls in a three-year deal at the end of last season, marked his full debut with two tries in the Giants’ convincing 30-8 triumph at Catalans Dragons.
That two-try display came on the back of two excellent pre-season displays against Castleford and Wigan. And now Finnigan is hoping there’s even more to come.
“It’s obviously a good start for me, as well as the team, and I just hope I can get even better as the season goes on,” he said.
“I’m already loving it here and in the short time I’ve been here I believe I’ve learned loads. To be honest, I think we’re all now starting to know exactly how to play under Browny (Giants coach Nathan Brown) and I’m sure that will help us get even stronger.
“I think everyone could see how we were improving in the pre-season games and we took that improvement into the game against Catalans.
“That can only help our confidence. I know it’s helped mine.
“I came back from the World Cup with Ireland feeling fresher than I can remember, and that’s helped during what has been a tough pre-season campaign.
“But I would like to think that Saturday’s performance shows the hard work is paying off. We do think we’re a fit, strong side, and I think everyone saw that.”
Finnigan was on hand to score the Giants’ first try of Super League XIV in the 18th minutes and then added a second with 11 minutes remaining.
But even though the former Bulls and Salford man is happy to take the credit for the tries, he knows he doesn’t deserve to hog the headlines.
“Scoring the tries was great, particularly on my debut, but this really was a good team win,” he added.
“Everyone played their part, which was crucial against the side that finished third in Super League last season. Our defence, in particular, was pretty good and we took our chances very well.
“But we know this is just the start, and the last thing we’ll be doing is getting too carried away.”