19th November 2020, 19:58 | Huddersfield
Huddersfield Giants have appointed Ian Watson as their new Head Coach on a three-year deal.
Watson took Salford Red Devils to their first-ever Betfred Super League Grand Final last seasons before then progressing to the club’s first Coral Challenge Cup Final in 51 years earlier this year. The 44-year-old was also one of two Assistant Coaches on the 2019 Great Britain Rugby League tour.
On the move, Watson said: “I was attracted to the potential of the club. Everything about it screams Top Four; the stadium, the youth academy with the kids that can be brought through and the owner of the club who has proven over time that he wants to win, and he’s backed the club in his pursuit of success.
“My short-term aims are to ensure the club moves to the right side of the table. As I have said, everything about this club screams Top Four, and the longer-term aims for the club have to be challenging the top teams in Super League. The footing the club has with the youth coming through, the location of the club and the owner means that it’s set up to do that.
“My approach is about the collective – everything is about the team, the people you work with and having good relationships. No-one achieves anything on their own and you’ve got to be a collective unit and that’s what we want to make the process going forward. They’ve got to care about each other, and they show that on and off the field and they all want to achieve success together.”
Huddersfield Chairman Ken Davy added: “It is a long time since I have felt so excited about a Huddersfield Giants announcement and I am absolutely delighted that Ian Watson has chosen the Giants to be his club for the foreseeable future.
“We have all seen the way that he has built his previous team into genuine trophy contenders, with two major finals appearances in the last year. For Ian to choose the Giants to be his next club speaks volumes for where we are at the moment and his belief in what we can achieve together.
“I have been hugely impressed by progesionalism and integrity throughout our discussion and look forward to him bringing his ideas and work ethic to our Club for the betterment of all.
"He will be joined at the Giants by some of his backroom staff, as we know that Ian views them as essential if we are to bring the best out of our already talented squad, and again we warmly welcome them to the Club.
"This appointment is a real statement of intent from the Giants and demonstrates our determination to once again bring silverware to this great Club and it is clear from my discussions with Ian that he shares our goals and beliefs.
"It feels a long time since we lifted the League Leaders Shield in 2013 and both Old Trafford and Wembley are venues where I believe our loyal claret and gold supporters need to see their team in action. The journey to get there starts on December 1st when Huddersfield Giants officially celebrate the beginning of our new era under Ian Watson."