GRAEME HORNE is hoping his successful switch to prop will help him earn a new Giants’ Super League contract.
The 25-year-old joined Huddersfield from Hull at the start of the season on a one-year deal, with Horne expected to be used as a back-row forward.
But the former England junior, who made his 150th senior appearance in Sunday’s 30-12 top-flight triumph over Crusaders at the Galpharm, hasn’t looked back since moving up front against old club Hull last month.
And Horne is hoping this is something that hasn’t been lost on his current employers.
“I’d like to think I’ve always been known as a player who can bring utility value to a squad, but when I came to the Giants I never thought that would involve playing prop!” admitted Horne.
“Apart from in one other game – which, ironically, was against Huddersfield about four years ago – I’ve never played prop before. We’re obviously struggling with injuries to props at the moment and I was more than happy to help.
“To be honest, there’s not that much difference to playing prop or loose forward here. You probably do the same amount of drives and tackles in both, the main difference is that you pack down in a different position.
“And I have to admit I’m loving the role, especially as it means I’m playing regularly in Super League and giving myself a shout of earning a new contract.
“Up until the past month I was having a stop-start season, not knowing from one week to the next whether I’d be playing.
“But after a month out of the Super League side when I was getting a real touch-up from Bumper (head conditioner Mark Andrews) I’ve come back feeling good and positive about the future.”