Dewsbury Rams hooker Sam Day says that consistency is a key personal priority as he prepares for his first full season with the club.
Day arrived at the club from Featherstone Rovers part way through last season, initially on loan, before making the move permanent.
Rams fans saw some excellent performances from the 23-year-old, but Day is eager to perform to his potential on a more frequent basis.
“I really enjoyed last season, and that is probably the reason why I have signed on again to stay for 2018,” he said.
“I didn’t get much game time at Featherstone, so coming here was a big step for me, and overall I think I did OK.
“I thought I improved under Neil as a player last year, so with a good pre-season under my belt, I feel I can take another step forward.
“I want to put in better, more consistent performances this year.
“Last season, I thought I played well in some games and then not in others, so this season the key word for me is consistency.”
Day recently re-joined his team-mates for pre-season, and says he’s enjoyed the experience so far.
“It has been a tough start to pre-season but an enjoyable one, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next few weeks go.
“And I think we’ll be able to pull off a few surprises against the top six teams this season.
“We didn’t win that many against them last year, so hopefully if we can do that next year, then we can look finishing in or around that top half, which would be great.
“The new lads have settled in well,” Day added, “and all the lads here make the new players feel welcome, like they did with me when I first joined.”
Day also admitted that he’d relish the opportunity to make the trip to Canada with the Rams for a showdown with Toronto Wolfpack in 2018.
“It’s something in any sport you’d like to do, and so to be able to go and play rugby out in Canada would be some experience.
“It would be a great trip to have with the boys, against an extremely tough opposition, but we’ll be doing everything we can to come back with the points.”