Season Preview: Huddersfield Giants

11th January 2017, 10:06

Huddersfield

Season Preview: Huddersfield Giants

After finishing bottom of the table last season the Giants are determined to return to the top in 2017.

Huddersfield had a season to forget in 2016 finishing bottom of the table with just six wins from their 23 regular season matches.

The Giants came through the Qualifiers with five wins from seven and will be looking to return to the top end of the table this season.

Injury woes were a big factor as to why Huddersfield struggled last season and a relatively small squad compared to other sides could again cause a problem if injury woes strike.

Jake Mamo is a great addition at full-back after signing from Newcastle Knights with Lee Gaskell, Dale Ferguson, Paul Clough, Adam O'Brien and Alex Mellor all joining from Bradford.

The club have lost experienced forwards Eorl Crabtree and Craig Huby though and 2017 could be another year of transition for the Giants.

 

TRANSFERS

In: Jake Mamo (Newcastle Knights), Shannon Wakeman (Illawarra Cutters), Paul Clough (Bradford Bulls), Lee Gaskell (Bradford Bulls), Dale Ferguson (Bradford Bulls), Alex Mellor (Bradford Bulls), Adam O'Brien (Bradford Bulls).

Out: Joe Wardle (Newcastle Knights), Larne Patrick (Castleford Tigers), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Scott Grix (Wakefield Trinity), Kyle Wood (Wakefield Trinity), Craig Huby (Wakefield Trinity), Jamie Ellis (Hull KR), Eorl Crabtree (Retired), Josh Johnson (Released).

Danny Brough will once again be crucial for the Giants

Eorl Crabtree retired at the end of 2016 after 16 seasons at Huddersfield

 

KEY PLAYER – DANNY BROUGH

Danny Brough has one of the best kicking games in the competition and Huddersfield will be relying on their skipper to lead them around the field again in 2017.

The players will be looking to right the wrongs of last season and Brough will be determined to take the Giants back to the right end of the table.

 

FIRST SIX FIXTURES

Widnes Vikings (A) Sunday February 10, 20.00

Salford Red Devils (H, Sky) Thursday February 16, 20.00

Wakefield Trinity (H) Friday February 24, 20.00

Hull FC (H) Friday March 3, 20.00

Leigh Centurions (A) Friday March 10, 20.00

Wigan Warriors (A) Sunday March 19, 15.00

 

Organised chaos @giantsrl_official #rugbyleague

A video posted by Chris Thorman (@spugalicious) on Jan 7, 2017 at 7:06am PST

 

ODDS

Top Super League try scorer – Jermaine McGillvary @ 20/1

Regular season winners @ 33/1

Challenge Cup winners @ 16/1

All odds are from Betfred, the official sponsor of Super League.