JASON CHAN has warned his new Huddersfield Giants teammates they can expect few favours from him when it comes to securing a Super League XVIII spot.
The 28-year-old back-row forward returned to training last week following a break in his native Australia.
He is already impressed by the quality of new forward signings Stuart Fielden, Craig Kopczak and Anthony Mullally, and knows they will have a great deal to offer when the 2013 campaign gets under way.
But even though he’s enjoying working with them, he still regards them as the ‘enemy’ when it comes to team selection.
“We’ve got a whole new bunch of blokes and a whole new coaching staff, and I’m starting to get into it again,” said Chan.
“I’m getting fitter and I’m having a bit of banter with the lads, including the new ones, of course.
“But I’m also well aware that as well as being my new mates, they’re also new rivals for my place in the side.
“There are plenty of people who can play in my position and plenty of people who can play down the middle, so there’s going to be a lot of pressure on everyone to make sure they feature in our first game of next season (at St Helens on Saturday, February 2).
“But, at the same time, if you’ve got competition for places then it means you’ve got a good squad.
“There are so many players vying for positions, and there are a lot of young lads coming through who are big blokes and have got plenty of talent.
“And that’s an excellent way to keep you on your toes.
“You know you can’t afford to relax for one second or else you’ll lose your spot.
“That’s the way it really should be.”