He may have been described by Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson as a ‘raw talent’.
But new signing Ollie Roberts is already determined to make a positive Super League impression in the claret and gold sooner rather than later.
The 20-year-old back-row forward is ready to make his Huddersfield debut in Sunday’s pre-season clash at former club Bradford Bulls.
It’ll be the first time the former Siddal junior will have returned to Odsal since his move to the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of last season.
And he’s desperate to mark the occasion by showing everyone his game has shot up a notch and he has what it takes to add to his six Bradford Super League appearances at the earliest opportunity.
“I’m absolutely loving it and have no regrets at all about coming here,” said the 6ft 2in, 15st-plus Roberts, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Christmas Eve.
“Pre-season has been a lot harder than I ever expected – I’ve never experienced anything like this before – but I feel a lot better for it.
“The real test of that will obviously come at my old club Bradford on Sunday, and I can’t wait.
“To be honest, I can’t think of a better club to make my debut against than the Bulls, that’s because I see this as a fantastic chance to show everyone just how much my game has improved.
“At this stage, I don’t know exactly how much time I’ll get on the field, but I hope I get a fair crack at it.
“I want to prove straight away I’m good enough to play Super League for the Giants as soon as possible, and I know how much a strong performance against the Bulls will help.”
However, Roberts is the first to admit a place in the first-choice 17 is going to take some achieving.
With second-row his preferred position, he’s aware the likes of Brett Ferres, Jack Hughes and Ukuma Ta’ai are ahead of him in the pecking order.
But that has failed to faze the Halifax-born youngster.
“They’re fantastic players, and I’m enjoying learning off them,” added Roberts.
“Watching how they go about their business is proving invaluable, and Brett’s always tipping me up about things on the training pitch.
“In fact, they’ve all been more than willing to give me the advice when I need it.
“They’re also helping me around the gym, and that’s proving just as beneficial.
“At the moment, I know they’re in front of me in terms of team selection.
“But that’s helped me to push myself even more. I know it’s going to take a lot more hard work to get ahead of them.
“It’s a challenge I’m relishing, and as long as I do keep working and learning then I know my time will come.”