Super League: Brett Ferres determined to succeed with Huddersfield and England
Brett Ferres told Sky Sports' Boots 'n' All show that he's determined to be part of England's World Cup squad.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 4:51pm
In an extended interview with Boots 'n' All, the Huddersfield forward spoke of his great pride at being included by national boss Steve McNamara for the mid-season fixture against the Exiles.
The chance to turn out for his country was rich reward for Ferres, who was called up to the Elite Training Squad two years ago before losing his place, after a string of consistent displays for the Giants.
The 27-year-old now wants to finish the Super League campaign strongly, starting with Friday night's crucial clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium, to boost his hopes of turning out for the host nation in the end-of-season World Cup.
"That's what every English player wants to do, and I'm no different," he said. "I've had a bit of a taste of it this year and thoroughly enjoyed it to be honest. I want more of it."
"I moved to Huddersfield with one eye on the World Cup and maybe trying to be part of the squad.
"Luckily I got a phone call off Steve to represent England against the Exiles - I was over the moon.
"It was fantastic to have the week in camp and all the preparation to build towards things later on in the year. It was really good to be a part of it."
Ferres finds himself in the rather unusual position of battling it out at the top end of the table this season with the Giants, who could go a long way to claiming the League Leaders' Shield with victory over the Warriors on Friday.
This time last year he was trying to help Castleford avoid the wooden spoon, a feat they achieved only on points difference as Widnes finished up bottom.
By then the former Bradford and Wakefield player had already agreed a deal to join Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, a switch he felt would help him realise his international ambitions.
"It was a good move for me," he confirmed. "Obviously I took a bit of a plunge, because people were saying 'what are you going to Huddersfield for? You're not going to get a game', and stuff like that.
"It was about getting myself fit and buying into what Huddersfield do. It's turned out to be a great move for me.
"Playing consistently, week-in, week-out, is a massive part of the game now.
"I have certainly enjoyed myself this year, and I think that's a massive part of it - just enjoying the game."