RISING Giants star Leroy Cudjoe now believes he has what it takes to be a Super League success.
The former Newsome Panthers full-back made a highly successful top-flight debut at home to champions Leeds Rhinos five days ago.
Although Cudjoe and the Giants suffered a 30-10 defeat, there was enough in the 21-year-old’s performance to suggest he could prove a valuable asset to his hometown club.
And Cudjoe is hoping it was enough to convince head coach Jon Sharp he should keep his place on the bench for tomorrow’s clash at Bradford Bulls (6.00) in front of the Sky TV cameras.
“Playing for the Giants in Super League for the first time was absolutely awesome,” said the Newsome-based player.
“From the age of about nine when I first started playing for the Panthers, it was my dream to play for the club in Super League.
“And to be able to say I’ve done it is a great feeling.
“But all it’s really done has made me even more determined to play in Super League again.
“I just hope that when Jon names his side to play Bradford this afternoon I’ve kept my place.
“Obviously, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t, but I would certainly be very disappointed.
“I absolutely loved everything about last Sunday – apart from the result, of course – and it would be great to test myself against the Bulls, especially at Odsal.
“But whatever happens on the selection front, I’ll keep on just taking one game at a time.
“When I first started the pre-season training, my main goal was to make my Super League debut at some stage.
“Playing in the opening game was the last thing on my mind!
“In fact, when I played at Halifax in the Infirmary Cup at the end of last year, I was just hoping I might get a run-out in one of the other pre-season games when the senior players were included.
“Fortunately, I got a chance at Hull and felt I did well, then I was pleased with my performance against Castleford and then I got the tries at Batley.
“To be honest, I couldn’t believe how well it all went.
“But I was still shocked when Jon told me I would be playing against Leeds.
“At the same time I was also very excited, and that’s how I felt leading up to the game itself.
“I did feel nervous when I got to the stadium and started to get ready.
“But as soon as I got onto the field I felt this was where I belonged.
“The strength, skill and speed of the players is obviously a lot higher in Super League than in the Academy, but I felt I handled everything well.
“It’s made me a lot more confident I can compete at this level.”