LUKE ROBINSON can’t wait to be part of a new-look Giants pack.
The 27-year-old England hooker has spent the past month with the full squad after recovering from post-season elbow surgery.
That means he’ll be fully fit for the Super League XVII opener at Wigan Warriors on Sunday, February 5.
And he expects to be featuring in a Giants pack that has the potential to be far more mobile than it has been in recent seasons.
“This pre-season has been a bit different to the other ones we’ve had,” revealed Robinson.
“Obviously, there’s been a lot of injuries to senior players and that means there’s been a lot of young lads around.
“But I also think we’ll be changing our style of play a bit next season.
“We’ll probably be doing a little more ball movement and we’re going to have a smaller, mobile pack.
“There have been a few alterations and, to be honest, I think it’s just a case of us getting used to that style.”
The recruitment of top Crusaders second-rower Jason Chan has helped in the process of making the Giants pack far more mobile, with his new teammates having been impressed with his speed as well as his strength.
And with prop Darrell Griffin having moved to Leeds Rhinos, Larne Patrick – arguably the quickest forward in Super League – may be handed the chance to step up.
The new, more mobile style could be tested out for the first time in the Giants’ opening pre-season clash at fellow Super League side Castleford Tigers on Friday, January 13.
But at this stage, Robinson and his teammates are playing the guessing game over who might get the nod for the trip to the PROBIZ Coliseum.
“I’m not sure yet how many trial games I’ll be playing in, and I think everyone is in the same boat over that,” added Robinson.
“We’ve got four pre-season games, so I’ll probably be playing in two. I think Cas and Wigan are going to be the main ones.
“Nathan (Brown) hasn’t said anything yet, and I’m only assuming those two games are the ones where the senior members of the squad will get a run-out.
“I just want to get an opportunity, though, and earn a spot on the teamsheet before the season comes round.
“But before then, we’re all looking forward to getting a bit of a break over Christmas, because we’ve all been worked tremendously hard over the past few months.
“The majority of us will get 10 days off so we can spend time with our families, which is obviously important.
“But the lads who came into the squad a bit later on after rehab or anyone who the coaches feel needs a little extra work on their fitness might be called in over Christmas.”