Season Preview: Huddersfield Giants

Head coach: Paul Anderson

Last season: 1st (Lost to Warrington in qualifying semi-final)

In:

Jodie Broughton (Salford)

Antonio Kaufusi (London)

Chris Bailey (London)

Kyle Wood (Wakefield)

Out:

Jamie Cording (Featherstone)

Matty Dawson (St Helens)

Stuart Fielden (Retired)

Luke George (Bradford)

Dale Ferguson (Bradford)

Squad:

1 Scott Grix FULL BACK

2 Jermaine McGillvary WINGER

3 Leroy Cudjoe CENTRE

4 Joe Wardle CENTRE

5 Aaron Murphy WINGER

6 Danny Brough STAND OFF

7 Luke Robinson HOOKER

8 Eorl Crabtree PROP FORWARD

9 Shaun Lunt HOOKER

10 Craig Kopczak PROP FORWARD

11 Brett Ferres SECOND ROW

12 Jason Chan SECOND ROW

13 Chris Bailey LOOSE FORWARD

14 Michael Lawrence SECOND ROW

15 Larne Patrick SECOND ROW

16 David Faiumu LOOSE FORWARD

17 Ukuma Ta’ai SECOND ROW

18 Kyle Wood HOOKER

19 Jodie Broughton WINGER

20 Antonio Kaufusi PROP FORWARD

28 Kruise Leeming HOOKER

29 Jack Miller FULL BACK

James’ prediction:

4th – After last season’s success, they’ll be on everybody’s radar this year. There’s no reason they can’t replicate last year’s winning formula, but they were fortunate to avoid injuries in key positions last term. Tasting league leaders success may encourage them to focus this year’s efforts on a run in the play-offs.

View from the pitch:

Eorl Crabtree – “We’ve had a tough pre-season due to missing World Cup players, but at the same time everyone is fresh and looking forward to it. The players we have brought in are good players, and have risen to our level.”

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