Jamie Shaul has had to wait patiently for his chance with Hull FC.
After a serious injury ruling him out for the best part of a year, the fullback is now concentrating on being number one for the last two games of the ordinary season.
With Josh Reynolds’ season over due to a knee injury, Jake Connor will likely fill in in the halves, leaving the door open for Shaul at fullback.
“It’s another two games that I can get under my belt before we head into the off-season and obviously before we begin pre-season training over the winter,” Shaul said.
“Hopefully I manage to come through the final two games of the season unscathed. I’m just hoping to get that matchday feel back again, getting used to the intensity of the matches. That will help me hit the ground running in pre-season, I feel.
“It’s my chance [to impress at fullback] isn’t it? Jake’s been killing it at the back, but I finally get a chance to show what I can do at fullback. Like I said, the Wigan game will only be my second full game back, but hopefully I can build my way into the game and do my bit for the team.”
Now that Shaul is back to fitness, he is reaping the rewards of working with head coach Brett Hodgson, who, of course, was a fullback during his own playing career.
“I was a bit gutted at the start with me being injured. I felt like I was missing a lot of one-on-one time with him,” Shaul explained.
“He’s someone I’ve worked with in the past and his knowledge on rugby league is second to none. You can’t not listen to him.
“I missed out on quite a lot but these last two weeks and being back in full training and preparing for games has been great.”