NEW signing Lee Gilmour is happy to have stepped out of the international limelight and believes it will help him make more of an impact at the Giants.
The 31-year-old didn’t put his name forward for selection for the England squad to play in this autumn’s Four Nations tournament.
Had he chosen to prolong his international career, he could have featured against New Zealand at the Galpharm on Saturday (6.00).
But instead, he will sit back and watch from the stands to ensure he starts life at Huddersfield as fresh as possible.
It was an approach that worked last year when he didn’t compete for England in the World Cup in Australia and then went on to be named the Coach’s Player of the Year at St Helens in Super League XIV.
And he is hoping for something similar with the Giants in 2010.
"Not playing in the internationals last year did me the power of good, and I hope it does the same again," said Gilmour, who has 15 Great Britain caps plus three for Scotland and one for England. "That meant I went into last season with Saints feeling fresh and fully fit, and I hardly missed a game.
"All being well, I’ll feel just as fresh when I start pre-season training with the Giants in the next week or so and can immediately create the right sort of impression."
And in head coach Nathan Brown and assistant Paul Anderson, Gilmour knows he’s working under the right team to help bring the best out of him.
"I’m really excited to be joining the club right now and I just can’t wait to get started and get working with the guys," he added.
"The club have been moving forward over the past few seasons and getting stronger with each campaign.
"They have again made a couple of very good signings for next season to build on what they already have and hopefully as a group we can go on and win a trophy this time out.
"With Nathan here as head coach he has made it obvious how he wants to go about things and what he wants to achieve.
"Obviously I know Baloo (Paul Anderson) really well having been at Saints and Bradford with him, and I’m just looking forward to working with both of them.
"It should be an interesting season as, with the new signings, there is huge competition for places.
"That should be a big boost for the team, not just in terms of covering for injuries, but to help get the best out of everyone.
"Having said that, there’s a lot of hard work to be done."