Castleford Tigers’ longest serving player is fully fit and raring to go when Super League kicks off again this weekend.
Craig Huby has seen plenty of ups and downs in his 10 years man and boy with the Tigers, but after a major injury saw him miss large parts of the last two campaigns he wants to make up for lost time.
“Chubbs” is determined to get back to his best form and with a possible England spot in the World Cup up for grabs there is every incentive for the 26-year-old prop forward to have a big year.
He said: “Things are going well and we’re just ready for Sunday to come now.
“I can’t wait. We’ve played a couple of friendlies and played good teams in Hull and Fev and now we’ve got a really good test against Warrington on Sunday, which I’m really looking forward to.
“There’s no better game to test yourself than against Warrington away. Hopefully we can put in a good performance and get the win.
“They’ve got some really good forwards with Morley really experienced and Carvell and people like that, but we’ve got to toughen up and win that battle. If we do I’m confident our backs can do a job for us out wide.
“I’m over the worst with the injury I had and I want to push on to where I was before. I’m not sure if I can make the World Cup squad. I’ll let my actions on the field see to that. If I’m playing well who knows, but now I just want to start well and help the team get some wins under our belt.
“I would love to play for England, but first I want to concentrate on myself and the team. If it comes then great, but I just need to get back to somewhere where I was before the injury.”
Huby has seen some changes in pre-season, but believes preparations have gone well.
He added: “A lot of people have left and some good people have come in. Weller Hauraki and Lee Gilmour have brought a lot to us and the new boys will all be beneficial to the squad.
“Everybody’s worked hard in pre-season getting fit and hopefully we’ll see the results on the field.
“We’ve been put through it. All the boys have worked hard for each other and it’s been hard, but it’s been good. I’m just happy that the games are here now.
“The mood in the camp is good. We’ve been together since the end of October and everyone knows each other pretty well now so hopefully we can do something really good this year.
“It’s been a little bit different for me this time because last year I was in rehab. Coming in from the start of the year everyone’s been keen to get going and work hard for each other. It’s been a good atmosphere round the camp with everyone pushing each other.
“We’ve got a lot of competition in the forward pack. Everyone wants to play, but there’s only 17 jerseys available and each week you’ve got to test yourself in the camp not just against other players.”