Kingspan Player of the Month is Ulster's Kyle McCall
Kingspan Player of the Month Kyle McCall admits that his new-found status as an Ulster regular is still taking some getting used to.
Having made only four appearances for the province in the three seasons before this campaign, he was handed a first start against Newport at the beginning of November and has established himself in the side ever since.
“It’s been a complete whirlwind,” McCall said of his last six weeks.
“Just being involved week on week has obviously been something new to me. For me, it’s now all about keeping that shirt.
“It’s great to see the support I’m getting and it’s great to get an award like this, which is voted for by the fans.
“Around the stadium, on match nights and after matches, you have people coming up and congratulating you. Through Twitter and Facebook you feel like your phone is going non-stop but it’s great.
“The support you get here as a player really is something that gives you confidence.”
With Andrew Warwick and Callum Black also vying for the loosehead shirt, there is no danger of McCall thinking too far down the line however.
“I’ll not be getting ahead of myself; I’ll take it all week by week,” he added.
“With the competition provided by Callum Black and Andy Warwick, every game is just a chance to earn that shirt for the next week.
“You need to perform or else you won’t be in the team.
“I’m trying to keep the shirt and if I’m playing well then happy days.”
With an appetising trip to face Toulouse in a crucial Champions Cup game to come this weekend, McCall is sure that Ulster’s French hosts will be much improved from the side that lost 38-0 at Kingspan Stadium last week.
“They’re going to provide something completely different,” he said.
“They’re going to come at us. If selected, it’s one that I’m really looking forward to.”