Jamie Foster column: I've been privileged to play in some cracking Super League derbies

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Jamie Foster column: I have played in St Helens-Wigan, Hull FC-Hull KR and Bradford-Leeds derbies.

Which is the biggest and best in Super League?

I think that depends where you come from and personally I grew up watching Wigan-Saints.

It’s then pretty surreal when you end up playing in them.

The derby days at the DW Stadium have probably been my favourite when there are 25,000 people there screaming for their team.

I spent the second half of 2012 on loan at Hull and made my debut for them against Hull KR at Craven Park.

Not being a Hull lad, I didn’t realise how big the city actually was for rugby league.

It was a fixture I really enjoyed and then I had a taste of Leeds-Bradford last year at Headingley.

I think I enjoyed that one even more because of how the game finished that day as we drew 18-18.

It was an unbelievable game which didn’t start off too well but we hung in there and pulled something out of the bag in the last 30 seconds or so.

Games against Leeds are always special and I made my Super League debut against them for Saints at Knowsley Road.

It was unbelievable when you think I was a young lad paying £15 to go on the terraces and watch my team play. The next minute I was pulling a shirt on in front of the Sky cameras.

I had a pretty decent game but my mindset then was totally different to how I go into games now. I wasn’t sleeping for a couple of nights before those kind of games back then. But as you get older and more experienced you learn to handle it better.

I’ve played in Grand Finals and you start to take it on your stride.

On another note, it was disappointing to lose Anthony Mullally this week – it must have been the shortest season-long loan ever!

I was talking to him a couple of weeks ago and he was over the moon that he was going to be playing here for the year.

But we’ve had to overcome a lot worse this year and we’ve just got to crack on – starting tonight against Leeds.

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