As far as debuts go, Oliver Roberts enjoyed a more than successful one.
Not only did the Huddersfield Giants put in a commanding performance to defeat Super League rivals Hull Kingston Rovers 38-6, but Roberts opened the scoring just five minutes into his first Giants appearance to set down a marker for his rookie year.
It was a long-awaited appearance in claret and gold for Roberts, who has been vying for a spot for the last 12 months. He was ultimately left frustrated throughout 2015, but following the departure of Brett Ferres to Leeds and no apparent replacement currently on the market for the Giants, Roberts is expected to slot into the back-row this year.
However, the 21-year-old is refusing to get ahead of himself and believes he has a lot more to do to secure his place in the first-team.
“It was absolutely fantastic to finally get out there with the boys,” Roberts told the Huddersfield Examiner.
“And to score the try early on was obviously a massive bonus.
“But whether that’ll be enough to earn a spot next week I’m not too sure at this stage. Hopefully it will.
“My aim at the moment is to give the coaching staff a bit of a selection headache, and I’d certainly like to think I’ve done that.
“Although I’m pretty happy with the way things went I know there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
“But to finally get that debut out of the way is definitely a good feeling.”