Few people would have predicted Jordan Lane to go and play over a dozen first team games for Hull FC this season.
But the 20-year-old will likely exceed that figure during the Super 8s after an encouraging breakthrough year at the club.
Lane was one of few players to come out with any credit in the recent Hull Derby, having put in a decent display off the bench.
That came after the salary cap had affected his ability to add to his appearance total, well allegedly, with an increase in salary coming after so many games played.
That cap space apparently had only been presented once Jansin Turgut departed the club.
“I went out there to try and make an impact and earn my spot back in the team and I think I did that,” Lane told the club’s website.
“I was over the moon to be named in the team to play in the Hull Derby because that’s what every local lad dreams of.
“It was such a great feeling to even play in a game like the Hull Derby and to come away having played fairly well is a massive confidence boost for me.”
Lane also admitted that Hull FC’s displays of late haven’t been good enough – something which gets the average critic into a bit of trouble with the blinkered brigade when pointing it out.
“The performance we put in a few weeks ago against Wakefield was nowhere near good enough and we really want to make amends,” Lane continued.
“If we can get the job done against Wakefield this time , we’ll be looking straight onto the next week. We’ll be taking each week as it comes and going into every game with the mindset that we can win.”