Fairbank: I’ve got a Giant task

Jacob Fairbank
Jacob Fairbank

DUAL registered Huddersfield back rower Jacob Fairbank believes Halifax are guaranteed to see the best of him as he shoots for a place in the Giants’ star-studded Super League pack.

The former Elland junior, who will split his time between the Galpharm and the Shay in 2011, made a solid Fax debut in Friday night’s 28-22 Northern Rail Cup victory over Swinton.

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But he knows he will need to be one of the club’s stand-out players if he wants to have any chance of dislodging Test stars Luke O’Donnell, David Fa’alogo and Lee Gilmour from Nathan Brown’s side.

“I am playing for my position in the Huddersfield side, so every time I play here I need to play at my best and hopefully stand out,” said Fairbank.

“It’s a tough challenge over at Huddersfield, there’s no doubt about that, but I benefit from having those players there too because they are good teachers and that will make me a better player in the future.

“They’re Australian, New Zealand and Great Britain internationals, I couldn’t have better people there to help me really.

“They’ve all shown me little things here and there and they want to help you, to improve you as a player.

“I can’t ask for any more than that.

“It should be good for me and good for Halifax too.”

Fairbank’s first appearance - as a first half substitute at the Willows - was solid rather than spectacular, although he admitted the fact he had only trained with his new teammates for the first time the previous weekend had made things difficult.

“Personally, it was hard work, coming into a new team and not really knowing the players or the moves that well yet,” he said.

“A lot of the moves are similar to the ones Huddersfield use, but they’ve got different names, so it’s something else to get used to.

“The game was probably a bit quicker than I was expecting too.

“After the first 20 minutes I thought we were going to blow them away, but they came back and we got a little bit stuck in a rut.

“The main thing was the win, but we made hard work of it.

“Halifax have got a good squad of players and I think they’ll go well again.”