Prop forward Connor Scott is pushing for a regular first team place at Sheffield Eagles after a couple of seasons of frustration.
The 20-year-old hopes to stake a claim in the friendly at French Elite club Limoux at the weekend.
Scott, from Hillsborough, a young giant at 6ft 3ins and 16 stone, made his debut as a teenager in 2011.
Major shoulder surgery put him on the sidelines and he made only two substitute appearances last season.
“It’s a big season for me,” he said. “I’ve had a few injuries, the operation then another injury last year after playing a couple of games.
“I was frustrated, I wanted to play, I was pretty upset by having to sit it out but now things are all right.””
Coach Mark Aston believes Scott has the potential to challenge for a place in the 17 as the Eagles seek a third successive Championship title.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Connor in a game, he’s certainly starting to mature as a player.””
The retirement of Liam Higgins and injuries to other front row forwards have opened a gap but Scott faces competition from new signings Ben Jones and Jack Blagbrough.
His target is a place in the 17 when Eagles open the season against Rochdale in their return to Owlerton Stadium on Sunday, February 16.
“Being from Hillsborugh it’s down the road for me, it’d be good to play at Owlerton in the first game,”” he said.
”I need to have a good show in France and against York the week after.”