FIT-AGAIN Keith Mason is desperate to finally put his injury nightmares behind him and help put the Giants back on the right Super League XV track.
The 28-year-old prop played his first full game of the year in Friday’s big 48-6 home win over Catalans Dragons after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the first few minutes of the season’s opener against Bradford on February 5.
He was kept out of the side beaten 30-18 at Salford on Monday to make sure he fully recovered from a first full 2010 hit out and is available for tomorrow’s home clash against Castleford.
And even though Mason had a brief spell on loan at Tigers from St Helens five years ago, getting the better of a former employer isn’t a major source of motivation.
“After having a double hernia operation and a torn calf muscle in pre-season and then picking up a torn pectoral muscle in the first game, it was a massive relief to get through the Catalans game unscathed,” he said.
“Missing the Salford game was tough, but it was the right call, and I now feel really fresh and looking forward to tomorrow night and helping us get right back on track.
“The game may be against Castleford, but that doesn’t mean too much to me. I think everyone knows I didn’t really want to be there on loan, it was always the intention for me to move permanently from Saints to Huddersfield at some stage.
“All that matters to me tomorrow night is building on what I thought was a good return against Catalans and making sure we put Salford behind us as quickly as possible.”