JAMIE CORDING may have received fulsome praise for his efforts during pre-season training.
But the 22-year-old is taking nothing for granted ahead of his first Giants appearance of 2013 in Friday’s pre-season clash at St Helens.
Cording’s hard work over the past few months has made a big impression on head coach Paul Anderson, who has been keen to single the former Castleford man out for praise.
The centre or back-row forward admits such praise has done his confidence a power of good.
But he knows it’ll count for nothing if he fails to back up his efforts with a top-quality on-field performance in two days’ time.
“To be praised the way I have by the head coach is a great boost for me personally,” said Cording.
“I’ve tried to work hard throughout this pre-season, as everybody has, but to hear it from the top is another positive to come out of this pre-season.
“Paul has told me I’ll be starting the first trial game on Friday, so I’ve got a great opportunity there and I need to take it with both hands, which is what I plan to do.
“I’ve worked hard in pre-season for this opportunity so I mustn’t let it go to waste.”
Despite the Giants having to face the Saints for a second time in quick succession in the first game of the regular Super League XVIII season on Saturday, February 2, Cording believes the trial game will have little bearing on the opener against former boss Nathan Brown’s men.
“It doesn’t really matter that we play Saints on the first game on top of the friendly,” he added.
“It could have been any team and we all know what we’ve got to do to win.
“Obviously, it gives us a chance to look at their players and see who their danger men are, but we’re just going to go into each game with our own mind-set and a focus to do our own job.
“Friday will also give us the chance to see how things are progressing after what’s been a great pre-season so far.
“The week we’ve just had off replenished everybody’s niggles and everyone feels fresher from it and ready to get back into training ahead of the first game.
“All the lads are close and the new boys have come in and adapted to surroundings like they have been here for a few seasons, which shows the quality of them.
“The army camp and the tough sessions have really brought us closer together and everyone is chipping in and working hard for each other in training, which we will take with us into the competitive games.
“On a team basis we’ve got all the players we need. We’ve leaders in the team now and a mix of talented youngsters, and if we nail down some consistent form and all stick together, the possibilities are endless.”
Ticket prices on the turnstiles on Friday night are: £12 standing and £14 seating for adults, with concessions and juniors £6 standing and £7 seating.
Family tickets are also available on the day through the Langtree Park Ticket Office and are as follows: family (one adult, one child) £15, family (one adult, two children) £18, family (two adults, two children) £25, family (one adult, three children) £25.