CAMERON Phelps admits he can’t wait for the chance to get stuck into his old Wigan mates this weekend.
The Australian is in line to make his Hull FC debut after penning a one-year deal at the KC Stadium.
Phelps was a free agent after being released by Wigan at the end of last season.
The 25-year-old started 2010 as Wigan’s first-choice No.1 but picked up a knee injury early in the season and could only watch from the sidelines as Warriors swept all before them on the way to the Super League title.
Phelps has jumped at the chance to kickstart his career with Hull and, as fate would have it, he has been handed an early reunion with his old club.
“It couldn’t have been a bigger game for me personally than Wigan away, my old team,” said Phelps, who landed in England on Wednesday.
“I’ll know my way around the place and hopefully I can help us come away with a good win.”
Despite his time with Wigan ending on something of a sour note, Phelps has nothing but positive things to say about his former employers.
“They’re a great team, they’re very well coached and they all seem to know what they’re doing,” he revealed.
“I’ll be an interesting challenge for me, if I’m given the chance to play.
“I thought I started last year pretty well, but I was unlucky to get injured and I found it hard to get my spot back in to the side. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some info to the boys that can help us on the day.
“I can’t give away too much just now, but if I can give the boys a bit of a lift then I will.”
It’s not hard to predict who Phelps will be warning his new team-mates to beware most.
“You don’t have to look past Sam Tomkins when you’re talking about threats,” he said.
“He’s an established England international already, and we’ll have to look out for him on Sunday.
“Sam was a good mate of mine when I was at Wigan and I’m looking forward to going up against him in particular.”
Phelps may only just have arrived in his new surroundings, but he’s been keeping tabs on Hull’s progress from afar to allow him to hit the ground running.
“I know Mark O’Meley from my time with Canterbury, and he’s been keeping me up to date with what’s been going on,” he added.
“I’ve been staying up late at night, sometimes until 3am to see how the boys have been doing, and we’re going okay.
“We’ve had guys playing out of position and things haven’t been ideal, but we had a good win at the weekend and hopefully we can build on that.
“We’ve got a good squad of players here, and as long as we can stay injury free and keep the right players in the right positions I don’t see why we can’t do well here.
“Hopefully I can add a bit of attacking impetus from full-back, and help out the halves in terms of organisation and kicking game.
“It’s a hard start for me but of course we can win on Sunday. Anything can happen in rugby league if you turn up on the day.”