DALE FERGUSON is aiming to make a big impression now he’s back with the full Huddersfield Giants squad.
The 23-year-old back-row forward underwent major shoulder surgery 12 weeks ago.
That ruled the former Wakefield man out of the England Knights squad, which he admitted was a bitter blow.
But after returning to full training yesterday, Ferguson is determined to put that disappointment behind him and have a strong start to the season.
“I feel really good and looking forward to the next couple of weeks,” said Ferguson, who moved to the Giants from the Belle Vue club at the start of last season.
“I did my first contact session yesterday, and I felt okay. I was obviously a bit sore, but that’s just what you’d expect after not being able to do anything for 12 weeks.
“So now it’s just a case of getting down to hard work on the training field for the next couple of weeks and making sure I’m in the side for our opening Super League game at Wigan in a month’s time.”
Before then, however, Ferguson hopes to feature for the Giants at same venue for Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin’s testimonial game on Thursday, January 19.
“I’ve targeted that game for a possible comeback,” he added. “We do have the game at Castleford next Friday (January 13) first, and I’d be more than happy playing in that game if required.
“To be honest, it’s just good to be thinking in those terms, because I will be back a little quicker than was originally anticipated.”