Hull Kingston Rovers winger Sam Latus is aiming to establish himself as a first-team regular next season.
The 22-year-old will be in his third term with the Robins in 2012 but he is aware of the challenge he faces at Craven Park.
"Hopefully I'll get the chance to establish myself this year," he told BBC Radio Humberside.
"I've got to keep working really hard, get in Sandy's [coach Craig Sandercock] plans and take it from there."
But the outside back knows he faces a challenge for a starting spot with the Robins from newcomer David Hodgson and the club's youngsters.
"Craig Hall finished the season really well last year, Dave Hodgson is a great player and it's going to be really tough for me but at the moment I'm just learning as much as I can.
"There's plenty of young kids too like Nick Johnson and Liam Salter are all training well and are really skilful.
"It's going to be tough in all positions but I think that just makes for a better environment and everyone has to be on their game," he added.
Rovers head for warm weather pre-season training for the first time in three years next month as they continue their preparations for next season in Tenerife.
"It's my first camp and I think it'll be good and it's a big season for me. It's been really tough but everyone's always got a smile on their face," Latus continued.
"The training sessions are that tough but it needs to be, as this is one of the toughest games you can play.
"If you can train as hard as your games are going to be, then come game time you can make it tough for teams."