TOUGH Giants prop John Skandalis can't wait to get back to Salford on Friday night.
While many Super League players dread the prospect of playing on the narrow Willows pitch, the former Wests Tigers star (pictured) finds it right up his street.
So much of the City Reds' success in the past has been based on a forward-dominated battle.
But as the 30-year-old Australian front row and his Huddersfield pack partners showed in their 36-10 Challenge Cup triumph at Salford 10 days ago, they won't be taking a backward step when the sides meet again in Super League later this week.
And Skandalis is determined to take the lead again after Friday's win over Bradford.
"The conditions were difficult at Salford the other week," said Skandalis, who competed in a cup-tie played in torrential rain.
"But I enjoyed the physical battle, and I was obviously delighted by the end result.
"Being part of this Giants pack is an absolute joy right now, and I think that's reflected in the way we're playing. I know some of the boys have said publicly how much they enjoy playing alongside me - and the feeling's mutual.
"We've got a fantastic set of front rowers, who are all young, talented and very, very enthusiastic.
"I'm sure Eorl Crabtree, Darrell Griffin, Paul Jackson and Keith Mason will be at the top for a number of years to come.
"We're playing well as a unit, and I see no reason why we can't continue to improve.
"I would like to see that happen at Salford on Friday to follow up on our latest win."
Skandalis admits it was a tough start to the season for everyone at the club as they suffered seven straight defeats and, at one stage, were three points adrift at the foot of Super League.
But even though it was so hard, he was still relishing his new life as a Giant.
"I've enjoyed every minute from day one," he added.
"Even when we were losing all those games, I was still enjoying what we were doing on the field and at training.
"Of course, losing every week was hard to take.
"But we knew we were playing some good stuff and that it was only a matter of time before the results turned.
"And, looking back on it, that tough start has helped make us even stronger as a group. We appreciate winning even more.
"I've always enjoyed that winning feeling, and what has given me even more of a buzz has been to hear the fans cheering when we've won our games.
"In 10 years playing in Australia, I've never experienced anything quite like all the singing and chanting.
"To be honest, I loved hearing all the singing from the rival fans when we were losing at the beginning of the season, so you can imagine how much I'm loving it now!
"The noise from our fans at Salford was something I never thought I would ever experience in rugby league. It's made a massive impression on me.
"And I just hope that it's something I experience more and more times this year.
"I suppose the icing on the cake would be to hear them singing about me, that would be unreal.
"But, for that to be achieved, I know I'll have to keep giving it my best.
"I'm feeling in pretty good shape at the moment after suffering a back injury the other month which forced me to miss the win at Warrington.
"Since then, I haven't looked back."