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Craig Kopczak looking forward to chance of facing Bradford Bulls early next year

Last Updated: 20/11/12 11:01am

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Huddersfield prop Craig Kopczak cannot wait for the chance to take on former employers Bradford next season.

The Giants will meet the Bulls on at least three occasions during the 2013 Super League season after being paired together on Magic Weekend in May, but their first encounter will come on 3 March, a date Kopczak is already looking forward to.

He left the Bulls just before the end of last season when their future remained in doubt, signing a three-year deal with the John Smith's Stadium club.

"The first fixture I looked for was obviously the one against the Bulls," said the Wales captain.

"It's always a special occasion playing against your former club, and the fact we'll be meeting them at least three times makes it even more exciting. Personally, I can't wait.

"It's been great here. Everyone has made me feel really welcome and I'm really enjoying how things are going at the moment and how professional everything is.

"We all get on really well, the banter is great and we're all excited and raring to go for the new season already - I'm confident I'll start the season a better player.

"We're being worked incredibly hard on the training field, but my body's feeling good and I hope to start next year really big, powerful and strong.

"On top of that, Baloo (coach Paul Anderson) is spending a lot of time working on my technique and, hopefully, I can put that into my game and step up to a completely different level. The future's really exciting."

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