This Friday will see Frank Winterstein make his 100th career appearance at club level in England and Australia, against Huddersfield Giants, and the Vikings forward is keen to pinpoint some personal highlights from his first 99 games;
"I really enjoyed my first year with Wakefield, as it was a different experience for me coming over to Super League. But, it was great to make the play-off series in 2009. Making my first grade debut in Australia for Canterbury Bulldogs is something that I will always cherish, too.
"In more recent times, I guess my time with Crusaders is a highlight. Back in 2010 we made the play-offs, after being the wooden-spooners the year before. 'Nobby' (Brian Noble) came in and changed the structure of the club, but we were unlucky to lose to Huddersfield in the first round. I've definitely had a great time here in England and long may it continue."
Widnes are looking to extend their own unbeaten run to 3 games, climbing the Super League ladder as a result, but are fully aware of the threat posed by the Giants, who are aiming to consolidate their position amongst the elite in the competition by completing a timely double over Denis' boys. Frank is clearly looking forward to the battle, commenting;
"The lads are all coming into this game knowing how hard it is going to be. Huddersfield have got one over on us twice this season including the pre-season trial game, and as a club, they've got one foot in the door in terms of their confidence.
"We've all got to stand up tomorrow night and bring in the form that we showed at the weekend against Workington. The defensive efforts in particular were outstanding, and we need to continue that this week, as it's going to be a tough game.
"Huddersfield also got a good cup win against Leeds and played some really nice stuff, which meant they deserved to win that game. Hopefully we can shut them down early on, and if we are able to get a win, carry on into next weekend."
Now aged 26, down under, Winterstein pulled on the famous jerseys of the Bulldogs and Roosters, before heading overseas to ply his trade for the Wildcats and Crusaders, ahead of joining the Vikings in advance of the 2012 season. With RLWC2013 on the horizon, the second-rower is fully aware that consistent displays for his club could see him included in the Samoa squad, a feat he first achieved as a 19 year old;
"Well, first and foremost, everything I'm doing at the moment is for the Widnes Vikings. But, I know that if play my best every week, this will put my pre-World Cup form in good stead, and hopefully it gets noticed back in Australia by the Samoa coach Steve Price.
"I've got to treat every game as though it is my last, and here's hoping it will get me over the line when the squad selection comes around for the World Cup."
To date; Frank has made 40 appearances for the Vikings and scored 10 tries.