Jamie Ellis is determined to prove he’s worthy of being handed the Huddersfield Giants No7 shirt for the 2016 Super League campaign.
The 26-year-old was promoted from last season’s No20 jersey after forming a highly-effective half-back partnership with stand-off Danny Brough.
As a result, it was no great surprise Ellis will start the New Year as the Giants first-choice scrum half.
But the former Castleford Tigers star knows he must prove worthy of his new-found status.
“It’s great to get the No7 shirt. That was my goal when I first came here,” said Ellis,
“I wanted to nail down that position as quickly as I could, so I’m obviously delighted I’ve already got there.
“It’s an honour to get it, because there are a lot of great players here who have worn the shirt.
“For me, it’s now just about continuing to build my confidence, take it into the games and make sure I can keep on proving I should hold onto the shirt.
“I’m looking forward to that challenge, and I’m also looking forward to seeing us build on what we did last season (finishing third and reaching the play-off semi-finals).
“Everyone in the squad is desperate to go one better next season and make the Grand Final and do well in the Challenge Cup.
“We know we’re good enough.”