I CAN’T remember the last time I felt this excited about the start of a Super League play-off campaign.

During my time at Bradford Bulls, I obviously played in my fair share of play-off games, and they were all extra-special.

But somehow there’s an even more magical element about embarking on semi-final football with Huddersfield Giants.

I suppose the fact this is the first time the Giants have ever reached the play-offs has something to do with that. We know we’re about to make history at Hull tomorrow night.

But what also excites me about the match is that we’ll be going there as underdogs.

Many times at the Bulls, we went into the play-offs with the favourites’ tag stuck around our necks.

As a result, it meant there was so much pressure on us, even before a ball had been played in anger.

However, this time around it’s a totally different ball game.

We head to Hull tomorrow with all the pressure on them, because they’re the home side and finished one place higher than us in the regular Super League season in fourth.

That means we can go out there, enjoy ourselves and play our natural game.

The level of expectation is not that high on us. That suits us fine.

Internally, it’s a different matter. We know we have the ability to progress further in the competition.

But we’re more than happy to play on the underdog tag and adopt the mentality that we have nothing to lose.

Clearly we know there is.

However, there really is an incredibly strong self-belief within this squad, and history has already shown that in one-off games the Giants can rise to the occasion.

Just ask Leeds Rhinos after we had played them in last season’s Challenge Cup semi-final!

And I have no doubt that we will have benefited immensely from that Challenge Cup adventure that took us all the way to the final last year.

There aren’t any games in domestic rugby league bigger than that, and the experienced gained from it will have done everyone a power of good.

But when you look through the squad, it’s clear that experience is something we clearly aren’t lacking.

We’ve got players who have played in Challenge Cup finals, Super League Grand Finals and Australian NRL Grand Finals.

It proves we’re no mugs.

So, we travel across to the east coast feeling far from overwhelmed.

We go there looking forward to the experience and confident our play-off adventure continues.

And, once again, our loyal fans have a big role to play.

They’ve been great for us all year, and I just hope they turn out in force and share in what we know will be a great day in the history of this great club.