DAVID HODGSON is hoping to end a nightmare first season with the Giants by helping his side secure a shock Super League win at former club Wigan tonight.
The 26-year-old Great Britain winger spent five years at the Warriors and made over 100 senior appearances.
He then spent three seasons at Salford before moving to Huddersfield for the start of Super League XIII.
But even though there are just six games of the regular season remaining, Hodgson will be making only a third start in the claret and gold at the JJB Stadium tonight.
He didn’t make his debut until the end of June after suffering a serious knee injury in pre-season training and then picked up a heavy knock to the chest.
And to make up for that disappointing start, he is determined to do what he can to help Huddersfield win against the Warriors and set up his side for a successful end-of-season surge.
“To be honest, this has been a real nightmare year for me,” admitted the Hull-born star.
“After the disappointment of going down with Salford last season, I was desperate to have a big first year with the Giants.
“That obviously didn’t happen because of the knee injury, and no sooner had I made my debut at St Helens than I was out for the next two weeks with the chest problem. To say it’s all been pretty depressing is an understatement.
“I just hope I can now put the injuries behind me and finally establish myself as a Giants Super League player.
“And it would be fantastic if that could all start to come together at Wigan tonight.
“Right now, nothing would give me greater pleasure than getting back to my best form and helping the Giants win the game to kick-start a great run to the end of the season.
“Wigan is always a great place to play, and I’ve got great memories of my time there, and I am looking forward to going back there tonight.
“Although we narrowly lost against Warrington last Saturday, my confidence is fairly high after playing 80 minutes for the first time this season.
“So, I’m really keen to make a big contribution in this one.
“But I think that’s the case with all the boys, and the former Wigan players in particular.
“The other day, I was trying to think which players are still at Wigan from the time I was there, and it dawned on me that there aren’t that many – they’re nearly all with me at the Giants!
“But I think that could be to our advantage, because you always want to impress against your former club, and there are quite a few of us in that boat this weekend.”
For the record, it’s Hodgson, Martin Aspinwall, Kevin Brown, Stuart Jones, Luke Robinson and Stephen Wild