Salter aiming for big 2013
Salter took his chance when Craig Sandercock handed him his Super League debut against the Catalans Dragons in round seven last year and the 19-year-old centre went on to appear 15 times for the first team during 2012. The Hull-born starlet believes the experience of last year, coupled with a first full pre-season under his belt, has made him a better player than he was 12 months ago.
He faces competition from seasoned campaigners David Hodgson, Craig Hall, Graeme Horne and Sam Latus for a place in the backline, and with the arrival of the likes of Greg Eden, Omari Caro, Alex Brown and Sean Gleeson, the rivalry amongst the young English contingent is a healthy one.
Salter said: “Last season was a learning curve for me and I feel twice the player I was 12 months ago. Training has been really good and there is a real positive vibe around the club. I feel a lot fitter and a lot stronger and am looking forward to getting my first game under my belt.
“I didn’t expect to play as many times as I did last year but hopefully I did enough to show what I can do. If I get a chance early on the year to do the same I will take it with both hands. There are a lot more backs than there were last year and it gets competitive at training but that just brings out the best in you.
“The games against Wigan and Hull cannot come around quickly enough so we can see where we’re at. The boys are champing at the bit to get some game time in and all the hard work we have done over the last two months will hopefully come to fruition.”