Huddersfield confirm pre-season schedule

Huddersfield celebrate a try

Huddersfield have confirmed their final two games of pre-season, with a trip to Dewsbury and a home match against Batley.

Hull KR had already announced their friendly against the Giants, which will take place on 30th January. Before then, they will travel to Dewsbury on 15th January and host Batley on 23rd January.

The Super League season is due to start again in February, with the fixtures being announced on Sunday.

Speaking to the club website, Head Coach Ian Watson said: “I’ve an idea how I’ll be looking to use the three games with the squad already. Without a doubt at the Hull KR game will look to field a side made up of players who will most certainly feature in Round One.

“We’ve a lot of work to get through before we get to the opener versus Dewsbury. It’s far too early to say who’ll be available for that one and who not but I do want if at all possible our players to all have had game time ahead of the seasons start in early February.

“At the moment we’ve had three decent days training as the players bodies get used again to the intensity of full time training but that will pick up quite considerably in the coming weeks as the loads increase.

Huddersfield to be part of special day at Dewsbury

The Giants’ friendly at Dewsbury will also act as a testimonial match for forward Michael Knowles.

Knowles came through the academy at Castleford, before going on to represent Gateshead, Sheffield and Featherstone. He has been with Dewsbury since 2017, and has made 77 appearances for the club, scoring 19 tries.

Head Coach Lee Greenwood told the club website: “This is a great game for us and for Knozza (Michael Knowles).”

“We are under no illusions of the challenge that comes with facing two Super League teams in a week. But we believe it will set us up nicely for the season.

“There are not many friendlies for supporters to get excited about. But playing against our local rivals Batley on Boxing Day and then having two home games against quality Super League opposition will make for the best set of pre-season fixtures the club have had in a long time.”

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