Wakefield Trinity Wildcats loanee Jacob Fairbank admits he needs games to prevent his promising career grinding to a halt.
The forward, 24, has joined from Huddersfield Giants, initially for a month, and is set to debut at Hull FC on Sunday.
He has encountered a frustrating time at his parent club, having played with them just once – at Odsal last September – in the previous 12 months
Back-row Fairbank was among the replacements against Leeds Rhinos in March but was left unused in the 12-12 draw.
He spent loan spells at Bradford Bulls and London Broncos in 2013 but this time around has only been on dual-registration with Championship club Batley Bulldogs.
The deal to join Wakefield almost fell through late on and he admitted: “I am glad it has come off. I’m hoping to get some match-time and some regular Super League games. I think it’s what I need to be playing at this time of my career, rather than sitting on the sidelines at Huddersfield.
“I dislocated my shoulder last September. I played for Batley two or three weeks ago and that’s all I’ve played since then.
“I trained with the (Trinity) squad on Wednesday and that was good. If I am playing week-in and week-out and I am enjoying it here I’d definitely like to stay maybe until the end of the season.”
The grandson of Jack Fairbank, who was part of the first Leeds side to win a league title in 1961, and nephew of ex-Bradford Northern and Great Britain star Karl, he comes from a famous rugby league dynasty.
Wakefield are on a six-match losing run and coach Richard Agar said: “We’ve been in a period when we’ve picked a few injuries up. We felt it (signing Fairbank) will boost our ranks in the middle of the field.
“He has got a terrific engine and he’s a really good tradesman.
“The biggest reason we’ve brought him in is we’ve got some question marks injury-wise and guys struggling to shake off niggly injuries like Taulima Tautai (hamstring) and Andy Raleigh (wrist).”
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