GIANTS winger David Hodgson has made keeping hold of a starting spot his top priority – rather then focusing on securing a new Galpharm contract.
The 29-year-old’s four-year Huddersfield deal comes to an end at the end of the Super League XVI season.
But Hodgson, who scored the opening try in the Giants’ impressive 36-12 pre-season triumph at St Helens, has made it clear he can’t afford to worry about the future.
Instead, he knows he must devote all his attention on keeping his place on the left wing, with the likes of Jermaine McGillvary, Scott Grix, Leroy Cudjoe, Michael Lawrence, Greg Johnson and new signings Jamie Simpson – who should arrive from Australia in the next month – and Joe Wardle all capable of taking over should Hodgson suffer a dip in form.
“Everyone’s been training incredibly hard and the pre-season games have shown exactly what the players are capable of doing,” he said.
“There’s now genuine competition for places all over the field, and I’m only too aware of how important it is for me to keep up my form.
“You just can’t afford to let your form drop, because we all know Nathan (Brown) would have no hesitation in replacing you with someone else if you’re not doing your job.
“And that’s the way it should be.
“That’s clearly the best way of making sure you’re kept on your toes and you play to your full potential.
“As a result, I know I can’t think too much about next season.
“The main aim is to try and do my best and play as many games as possible again next year, ad then take things from there.”
As well as Hodgson, Scott Grix, Lee Gilmour, David Faiumu, Shaun Lunt, Keith Mason, Graeme Horne, Jamahl Lolesi, Josh Griffin, Gregg McNally, Keal Carlile and Greg Johnson are also out of contract at the end of this season.
The biggest question mark obviously hangs over the future of former New Zealand Test centre Lolesi, who is still no nearer being given a return date to play after undergoing major shoulder surgery.