Halifax’s on loan Huddersfield forward Jacob Fairbank has admitted his return to his hometown club is bittersweet as he aims to make a point to Giants’ boss Paul Anderson.
Fairbank, the nephew of former test prop Karl and the latest player to roll off the Elland rugby league dynasty’s production line, joined Fax on a month’s loan last week.
It will be the 24 year old’s second Shay spell after a hugely successful stint in 2011 and is the direct result of what he sees as a lack of opportunity in Anderson’s top team.
“I’ve got a point to prove more than being pleased to be here,” said Fairbank.
“To be honest, it’s not my first choice but it’s the best of a bad situation and I’m going to make the most of it.
“I thought I’d had a good pre season at Huddersfield; I put my all in to be honest, I was towards the front in most things and I thought I’d put my foot in the door.
“But I’m not in their plans at the moment and I want some game time.
“I’ve been a bit down lately; I played in the Warrington league game last season, thought I went okay, then got dropped and haven’t had a look in since.
“I was down to start in the pre season game at Bradford, but when that was called off I wasn’t selected at all the following week for the Halifax game.
“They say I’m unlucky, but I don’t know if it’s just talk; I’d have played the week after if he’d been so sure, wouldn’t I?
“I don’t know whether they’re trying to protect me, but I’d rather know the truth.”
Fairbank’s immediate mood wasn’t helped by Fax boss Richard Marshall’s decision to leave him out of the 17 to play Leigh at the weekend, although give the player’s obvious determination that is surely a temporary phenomenon ahead of Sunday’s trip to Batley (3.0).
“Coming in last week, I wanted to play; I’ve never heard of someone being 18th man when they’re only on loan for a month initially,” he said.
“I’m 24, I’m not getting any younger and I need to be playing.
“You want to play against the top teams and I probably wasn’t in the best frame of mind when Richard told me on Friday.
“I just want to play now and hopefully I’ll get a chance at Batley.”