Ryan Brierley’s learning curve

Ryan Brierley has opened up about his switch from halfback to fullback since arriving at Huddersfield and the prospect of facing his former club Leigh in the Middle 8s.

Brierley made a controversial switch to the Giants earlier this year.

So far the 24-year old has made 12 appearances, scoring five tries, in Super League but mostly featuring in the number one role.

He admits it has been difficult switching to a new position on the pitch during his time with the Giants.

“It has definitely been a steep learning curve and a tough transition,” he told Love Rugby League.

“Add to that a new coach and it’s certainly been one of the toughest tests of my career so far.

“Whilst it is not my natural position, it will stand me in good stead in the long run.

“The last couple of games I would say I have been more comfortable on the field of play.

“At the end of the day I am willing to do a job for the team and of course I will give it my best shot.

“Halfback is where I feel most comfortable and it is where I have played all my life. I feel like I am at home in the half-backs, it’s similar to any job.

“If the choice was up to me I would want to play at halfback but I will do a job and it’s really good to learn from quality players like Danny Brough and Jamie Ellis.

“I am just happy playing Rugby League and more importantly I am out there with a smile on my face which is a massive thing.”

It has been a turbulent season for Huddersfield with the tragic death of Ronan Costello, the sacking of Paul Anderson and struggles on the field. Rick Stone has just been appointed as the Giants new coach.

Whilst the 24-year-old has embraced playing fullback he makes no secret about the contrast between the two positions.

“Both positions are totally different and they both require two different energy systems.

“You have to be on the ball. It can certainly be a bit of a lonely place at fullback if you make mistakes.”

Brierley will soon come up against his old club Leigh Centurions in the Qualifiers, but he is not fazed by the prospect and just wants to knuckle down and secure Huddersfield’s place in Super League next season.

“I haven’t really given it much thought to be honest,” he said.

“I think it will be an interesting game for the neutral but I have just got to remain professional.

“I wish them all the best in their quest to get in Super League but obviously not at the expense of Huddersfield Giants.

“I don’t regret leaving one bit but there is no bad blood between the two parties. The relationship certainly isn’t broken.

“I can’t have any sentimental value to that club now but I will always thank the club, I think their fans are brilliant.”

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