Foz takes a Giant StepProp forward Nick Fozzard spent 4 years with the Giants, but suffered two broken arms in 18 months. He is back at the McAlpine for the first time since he was a Huddersfield player.Last year you appeared in every single Super League game. How big a relief was that after what had gone on before?I was very happy to get every game under my belt last season, with every game my confidence with my arm grew. To get playing again after such along gap was great, it was a major relief to be honest to know that my playing career hadnĂt been ruined by injury.I wasnĂt thinking about my arm after the first three to four games, I was so nervous for the first game. But, my pad helped my confidence a lot. Playing with Mark Hilton was a boost as well as we came back together. I remember my first game back after the specialist cleared me Mark and I looked at each other as we took to the field and wished each other luck.You had such a good season that you even won a call up for the Origin game. Was that a surprise and do you believe you can follow it up with an even bigger year this time?I thought I was in with a chance of getting into the Origin Series, I was keeping an eye on the date for the team announcements. To see it written down confirmed it and it was a major relief to know that I had achieved this honour. I had done well to get an outside chance of getting in. I hope to follow it up this year with a better Origin Series than last time to get me into the GB squad.If all goes to plan, there is an Ashes series at the end of the season. Now you have proved your fitness, how realistic is that ambition?The fact that IĂm going to be playing in a better team this year will hopefully help me to stand out in games. The better the team you play for the more attention you are given and more people in the right places watch you. IĂve got to play well for Warrington if I have any chance of getting into Yorkshire, that is the hardest part. When youĂre playing for Yorkshire you need two quality games to get into the GB team. With the experience I had last year, IĂll perform a lot better in this yearĂs Series, if I get in!What memories do you have of your time at Huddersfield on the playing side, rather than the treatment room?!My biggest memory with Huddersfield is at Old Trafford when we got into Super League, we beat Hull to get promotion. We didnĂt lose a game all that year. We were all looking forward to the new Super League season, but then we didnĂt win another game in three years after that!It is a massive jump from Division One to Super League, the first win is very important. So when we go to play Huddersfield on Saturday, we are going to have to be prepared for them having a go to get themselves off to a good start. The Coach Tony Smith is a great coach, I have a lot of respect for him, but I want to spoil his Saturday night!How do you feel the pre-season has gone, and how confident are you that the club can improve this time around?We are a lot stronger and fitter than we where last year. We have put a good squad together, although we still canĂt do with too many injuries. The first 13 will compete with the best Super League teams and there is a great spirit among the lads. A lot of this came from our trip to Lanzarote. We are a tight knit group who is going to play for each other and not back down.
21, Feb, 2003