Fulton relishing final fling
Huddersfield's Liam Fulton is hoping the Challenge Cup final can prove the start of a successful climax to his short stint in England.
Last Updated: 28/08/09 8:47am
Huddersfield utility forward Liam Fulton is hoping Saturday's Challenge Cup final can prove the start of a successful climax to his short stint in Great Britain.
The 25-year-old joined the Giants on a short-term deal in the summer from Wests Tigers after a previous deal to sign Todd Carney collapsed because of visa issues.
Fulton is heading back to Australia at the end of the season but is determined to do so having helped the club to cap off a memorable season by winning silverware.
"I wanted success - to win Premierships and Challenge Cups is why I'm here," he stated.
"I knew I was coming to a good club with some good players and I'm really happy about where the club is at the moment.
"Everyone back home talks about the Challenge Cup, but I didn't really know how important it was until I got here.
"The whole town is buzzing. It's fantastic, and I'm loving it.
"I'm just concentrating on playing the Challenge Cup and Super League, and then heading home.
"Nathan Brown is a well-known coach back home, and I thought if I came over and had a little stint in England it could work out great.
"I wanted to do something totally different to what I was used to, live by myself for a while. That's what I have done, and I'm hoping it works out."
Family flying over
Fulton's father is flying over from his homeland to watch him in action at Wembley on Saturday and the Giants star is hoping he brings more luck than on his last visit to the United Kingdom.
Having travelled over in April, he saw his son last just 18 minutes in what was his second match for Huddersfield before he was struck down with a knee injury.
Fulton, who has subsequently regained full fitness and played his part in the club's excellent run of form, is now hoping there is no further misfortune this weekend.
"I couldn't believe it," he added. "It was my first or second match and I hurt my knee and was out for six or seven weeks.
"It was the day my dad came over too. He came to watch me play a few games, but I got injured straightaway and I then had to look after him for three weeks.
"But that's what happens in football. Injuries are going to happen, and I couldn't do much about it.
"My dad is back now - he's come over with my grandpa. I said if we made the final there was no way he wasn't coming back - and he's just as excited as me, happy as Larry."