LUKE ROBINSON is ready to put friendships aside and fire the Giants to a ninth Super League success of the season against former club Salford at the Galpharm on Sunday (3.00).
The 24-year-old scrum half spent three seasons at the City Reds and moved to Huddersfield when they were relegated from the top flight at the end of 2007.
This weekend’s clash is the first time Robinson and Giants teammates Michael Korkidas, David Hodgson and Simon Finnigan will have faced their former club and the half-back admits it will be a little strange.
But even though Robinson wants to see Salford do well, he has made it clear there’s no room for sentiment in a crunch clash.
“There are quite a few of us who are really looking forward to this match,” said Robinson.
“I’ve still got some very good mates at Salford, and there have been a fair few text messages flying about this week saying what’s going to be happening to me. Needless to say, they’ve been flying back!
“Obviously, I hope Salford do well in Super League. They’ve got a very good chairman (John Wilkinson) and their fans have been starved of success for far too long now.
“But I’m afraid they can forget about getting any help from me or the other former Salford boys this weekend!
“To be honest, when you face your former club and former teammates, I think it makes you want to play even better to make sure you get the better of your friends.
“You want to win the game and win the battle of the banter.
“But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you play in Super League. All you want to do is win, and win convincingly and make sure you get the two points.
“That’s what Sunday is all about. We want those points added to our tally.”
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