George Roby, who recently joined North Wales Crusaders on loan from Super League club Huddersfield Giants, loved his first taste of senior rugby league at London Skolars last weekend.
The hooker will spend the 2021 campaign at Crusaders and came off the bench to make his debut during the 44-24 success at London on the opening weekend of the League 1 season.
After coming through the academy system at Warrington Wolves and joining Huddersfield on a two-year deal ahead of 2021, it was the first time the 19-year-old had featured at senior level.
“It was good to be out there with the boys and we need to build on that performance now,” Roby said.
“We probably need to cut out some of our errors and penalties, but that’ll come with more game time and we just need to get each week under our belts.
“That was my first game I’ve played against blokes and there’s nothing better than a win to give you a bit of confidence.
“I’ve played academy for a couple of years now, but playing against men is a far bigger test.”
Crusaders will be looking to build on the win at Skolars when they take on Hunslet this Saturday in their very first game at Stadiwm ZipWorld in Colwyn Bay.
And Roby is hoping to play a key part for North Wales during the remainder of the campaign.
“The facilities at the new stadium look amazing and I’m sure we’ll all get a real buzz from playing there,” he said.
“If we can build on the win at London, we need to be pushing for those play-offs.
“They’re a great set of lads here and we’re looking fit so we need to carry on improving during the season.”
With this match being played behind-closed-doors, all season ticket holders will have free access on the RFL’s OurLeague app. Individual match passes can also be purchased through the app.