Hull FC prop forward Scott Taylor said his First Utility Super League Player of the Month award has given him the hunger for further success with the club this season.
The Black and Whites currently sit top of the table ahead of Friday’s blockbuster clash with second-placed Warrington Wolves, with a win seeing them go four points clear.
While his side’s surge in form has been one of the major talking points of the competition, his own spike in his individual performances saw him earn the accolade.
But, modest as ever, Taylor dedicated the award to his teammates and coaching staff, and earmarked which Hull FC player he would have given the nod for the honour.
“It’s really good to get the odd individual award but at the end of the day it’s about the team and I wouldn’t have been in that position if I didn’t have those boys around me,” he told TotalRL.
“Playing off the back of the likes of Danny Houghton, who I would have voted for rather than me, has been unbelievable for us and all I can do is thank everyone for helping me play the way I want.
“It’s bringing the best out of me and I’m loving my rugby and I’m in the best place I’ve ever been in my life at the minute so I just want it to carry on.
“I came here to win things, I’m too competitive and I see myself as a winner and the reason I joined was because they shared that ambition and now we’re putting that in place.”
Hull head into Friday’s huge encounter on the back of a seven-game winning streak, putting them well in the running for the League Leader’s Shield.
With a vital two points being a huge stepping stone towards that goal, the focus in the camp remains on the next fixtures, and the 25-year-old stressed the squad are not getting carried away with themselves.
The former Wigan forward also believes the squad will take a great deal from the assessment of Friday’s fixture in the coming weeks, which could prove pivotal if they are to remain top.
“It’s a massive game and a top-of-the-table clash, the sort of game you want to be involved in. After Friday night we’ll know a lot more about ourselves,” he added.
“We’ll have some big games coming in the near future so every little thing we can take from this game on Friday will put us in good stead for the rest of the season.
“It’s a great position to be in and we’ve got a great squad and a lot of camaraderie and we’re not there by fluke we’ve earned to be here but we need to keep doing what we’ve done to get us there.
“We haven’t spoken about it that much and it’s not as if we’re going around bragging about it or sat in meeting rooms saying we’re top of the table, all we’re interested in is who we’re playing next.”