Connor Wynne has set himself the target of playing as many games as possible next season for Hull FC , whether that be for the first-team or the reserves.
The versatile back is currently recovering from knee surgery after injuring his lateral meniscus in the club's last Super League game of the season at Wakefield Trinity.
As a result, Wynne is expected to miss most of pre-season, but he is hopeful of being fit in time for the start of the campaign, which is due to get underway on February 10.
The 20-year-old, who signed a new one-year deal with the Black and Whites last month, knows he has reached a key point in his career and he knows game time is crucial if he is to kick on and prolong his stay at the MKM Stadium.
Of course, when he is fit again he’ll be striving to catch the eye of head coach Brett Hodgson in training, but if he can’t claim a spot in the top 17, he’ll be aiming to impress with the second string.
The reserve competition returns next season after almost two years away and Wynne is looking at it as an opportunity to get much-needed minutes under his belt.
“It’s good for me to stay a bit longer,” he said when asked about his new contract. “Hopefully I can succeed because you never know where the next year can take you but I’m looking forward to it.
“I just want to get as many games as I can. Obviously it’s good that reserves are back as well so it will be good to get some game time, instead of playing just 10 games a year which isn’t good for my development at this age.
“I’ll be trying to get back for the start of the season and if I’m not picked in that first 17 then I’ll be there to play in the reserves and show the coaches what I can do.
“They’ll be keeping an eye on that, so it’s massive that I can get straight into playing week in, week out.
“[Hodgson is] a great coach, there’s still obviously a lot more to learn from him. It was his first year, probably settling in and getting to know us boys, but there’s still a lot more to learn.”