Kyle Wood believes the potential competition for a Super League spot between himself and new Giants signing Jamie Ellis will help them both become better players.
Half-back or hooker Ellis has arrived from Castleford Tigers for the 2015 campaign and immediately stated his desire to secure a senior spot on a weekly basis.
That could well be achieved at the expense of Wood, who plays a similar role.
But with Wood confident of being fully fit for the start of the new season following a knee reconstruction, he’s ready to do what it takes to fight off his new teammate.
“Jamie’s a very good player and a great signing for us,” said Wood.
“The fact he can play half-back or hooker like me obviously means we’re going to be potential rivals for a place in the team.
“But that competition for places is not just good for the Giants, it’s good for Jamie and me, too.
“It’s going to help keep us on our toes during training and in games.
It should help bring the very best out of us and, hopefully, make us better players.
“We know that to be successful in Super League, it’s going to take a top effort from everyone in the squad, with competition for places vital to that.
“So we both know we’ll have a part to play in making sure we have a good year next year.”