Toronto Wolfpack’s Gareth O’Brien hopes his side can secure a Super League spot without having to contest the Million Pound Game.
The full-back has been involved in the crucial fixture before as his golden point drop-goal helped former side Salford Red Devils avoid relegation at the expense of Hull KR in 2016.
“I’ve been part of that game and I know exactly what it’s like to win it at the end, but I don’t want to be anywhere near it again,” he told Mirror Sport.
“I try to forget it – it was one of the worst weeks of my life leading up to it.
“Some of the boys weren’t sleeping with what was at stake, and those that had a contract for the following year knew that if we were relegated they could be voided and potentially jobs were lost.
“I saw what the Hull KR boys had to go through at the end of the game and it wasn’t a nice game to be a part of.”
Toronto have four points from three games in the Qualifiers so far ahead of Saturday’s trip to Salford, who have a perfect record with three successive wins.
O’Brien feels the Wolfpack will need to be at their best if they are to claim what would be a massive victory in their promotion bid but he is hopeful they can secure a win.
He added: “I’ve said in every interview since that I don’t agree with it or the system, but as players we can’t control that, we just have to do our job on the field.
“I don’t want to be involved again and I’m pretty confident we can achieve promotion this year without going down that path.
“The Salford game is a massive stepping stone for us towards that.”
Toronto finished the regular season at the top of the Championship with 41 points after winning 20 of their 23 games.
The Canadian side face Toulouse, Widnes and Leeds after their clash with Salford this weekend.