LARNE PATRICK is hoping his performance at Celtic Crusaders has put him firmly in the frame to play against Wigan at the Galpharm on Sunday and go on and have a taste of Super League play-off action.
The 20-year-old forward crowned another rock-solid top-flight performance in South Wales by grabbing his first Super League try as the Giants returned to winning ways with a comfortable 42-16 victory.
That game against the Crusaders was Patrick’s sixth senior appearance of the year – five in Super League and one in the Challenge Cup – and he admits that’s given him a taste for more senior action.
“This year has been fantastic,” said the former England Academy player, who spent last season playing for Manly club Narrabeen Sharks in the Australian A Grade competition, which is equivalent to the Co-operative Championship in England.
“When I came back to England I just didn’t know what would happen with my career.
“But I got a call out of the blue from (Giants Player Performance Manager) Pete Riding in January asking me if I’d like to come down to the club, and things took off from there.
“The game against the Crusaders was my fifth in Super League, and that’s really as good as I could have hoped.
“And I also don’t think they could have gone any better. My confidence has grown with every game I’ve played and I just can’t wait for my next appearance to come along.
“I felt I went well at St Helens the other week and I was delighted with what I did last weekend, especially seeing as I scored my first Super League try. That was a fantastic feeling, particularly as it means I’ve got out of having to do the naked run.
“But, at the same, it’s made me want to play even more games this year, including this Sunday’s against Wigan.
“We’ve obviously been picking up our fair share of injuries over the past few weeks and I’d like to think that will give me more of chance to play in the matches we’ve got left.
“That’s obviously going to be down to Nathan, and whatever he says I’m happy to accept, because he’s a fantastic coach.
“But having played over the last few weeks has made me want to play even more!”
Patrick’s cause has been helped because of the injuries to fellow forwards Danny Kirmond (knee), Simon Finnigan (wrist) and Jamahl Lolesi (foot).
On top of that, another packman, Liam Fulton, may be switched to stand-off at some stage (in the wake of Kevin Brown’s knee injury), which could also be to Patrick’s advantage.
“Obviously, it’s not good seeing your teammates getting injured,” he added.
“Unfortunately, it’s part and parcel of the game, and all I can do is concentrate on my game when I get the chance and make sure I make the most of these opportunities when they come along.”