Kyle Wood is hoping he’s still firmly in the frame for the Huddersfield Giants’ opening play-off clash at home to Wigan Warriors on Thursday.
The Huddersfield half-back or hooker was one of four first-choice players to be in the side thrashed 58-6 by Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Sunday.
Wood admits it was a ‘tough day at the office’ at the weekend as a young Giants side was dominated physically by the rampant Bulls.
But the 24-year-old feels the extra run could stand him in good stead for the exciting games still ahead.
“I was happy enough playing at Bradford, because I’ve not played that many minutes this year,” said Wood.
“I was in and out of the side at Wakefield at the start of the year, and I’ve spent a fair bit of time coming off the bench at Huddersfield.
“So it was good to get the full game under my belt the other day.
“I felt fit and fresh, and I’m available for Thursday.
“It’s just a case of keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the coaching staff saw enough in me on Saturday to keep me in the side this week.”
Wood did, of course, re-join the Giants from Wakefield two months ago, with the hope of winning some silverware.
And so far he knows it couldn’t have gone any better.
“I was lucky enough to sign just in time for the start of the run that’s taken us to the League Leaders Shield,” he added.
“I said at the time I’d signed here because of the chance to win trophies.
“Hopefully, we’ll win another one this year!”