Huddersfield reveal 2018 squad numbers

Huddersfield Giants have released their squad numbers for next season and there are a couple of positional changes.

Head coach Rick Stone has 30 players at his disposal for the 2018 Betfred Super League season.

Jordan Turner has been handed the number four jersey while captain Danny Brough has switched from six to seven.

Kruise Leeming will wear number nine while Italy star Shannon Wakeman has been handed the number 10 shirt. Ryan Hinchliffe looks set to continue playing at loose forward, wearing 13 next season.

Jordan Rankin will wear 15 and 25 is the number for new recruit Colton Roche while Gene Ormsby is the last number in the squad at 30.

On the new numbers, Stone said: “It’s the actions in the shirt not the number on the back that interests me.

“But I do understand some of the traditions behind a number and the pride that many can have in snaring what’s traditionally a starting number.

“If you look at players like Jerry (Jermaine McGillvary) and Leroy (Cudjoe) then you’d like to think they have been and will be two and three for their careers here at the club and that’s something to be very proud of.

“I have kept changes to a minimum in reality and the three new senior players we have brought in since last pre-season in (Jordan) Turner, Jordan (Walne) and (Jordan) Rankin have all filled slots in the top 20 with Colton sitting outside waiting for his chance. It’s no secret that I earmarked Jordan Turner as our strike centre on the left side so he gets the four shirt. I think Kruise deserved to step up to nine which frees Hinchy (Ryan Hinchcliffe) up to loose where he had a great year.

“What the numbers do show though is good depth which is something have been keen to cultivate here and successful sides need competition for places to keep everyone on their toes and performing well week in, week out. The challenge for all the 30 frontline players is to have a good pre-season campaign and challenge for a sport in the starting 17 at Hull.”

Giants 2018 squad numbers: 1. Jake Mamo, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 9. Kruise Leeming, 10. Shannon Wakeman, 11. Tom Symonds, 12. Michael Lawrence, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 14. Dale Ferguson, 15. Jordan Rankin, 16. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Paul Clough, 19. Daniel Smith, 20. Adam Walne, 21. Adam O’Brien, 22. Alex Mellor, 23. Darnell McIntosh, 24. Tyler Dickinson, 25. Colton Roche, 26. Sam Wood, 27. Matty English, 28. Jared Simpson, 29. Jacob Wardle, 30. Gene Ormsby.

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  1. Shannon Wakeman is by far the best player that Huddersfield has got at it’s disposal. If Huddersfield let him take the ball up at least once in every set of six, they will steamroll the other teams in the Super League. Also, Shannon is a try scorer. If he receives the ball within 10 or 15 metres of the opposition tryline; He will barge over for a try 70 or 80% of the time. He is a tight-head prop so his true number is 8 (not 10). His Birthdate adds up to this number also. A warning to Huddersfield; your weakness is the pathetic reserve grade standard defence of your outside backs and the weak tendency of your goal kicker to take a kick for goal when you should be going for the try (and goal).

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