As the Super League season draws closer, we look at how Huddersfield Giants will go in 2021.
The Giants have a new coach and new ambition as they look to challenge for the top-six this season.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Olly Ashall-Bott (free agent), Jack Ashworth (St Helens), Jack Cogger (Canterbury Bulldogs), James Cunningham (Toronto Wolfpack), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), Josh Jones (Hull FC), Ricky Leutele (Melbourne Storm), George Roby (Warrington Wolves), Luke Yates (Salford Red Devils)
Reiss Butterworth (Dewsbury Rams), Paul Clough (Widnes Vikings), Sam Hewitt (Halifax Panthers), Tom Holmes (Featherstone Rovers), Suaia Matagi (Castleford Tigers loan), Innes Senior (Wakefield Trinity loan), Jordan Turner (Castleford Tigers), Akuila Uate (Retired), Adam Walne (Barrow Raiders), Dominic Young (Newcastle Knights)
Hull FC (A), Catalans Dragons (H), Hull KR (A), St Helens (H), Leeds Rhinos (H).
WHAT TO EXPECT
With Ian Watson at the helm Huddersfield fans should be excited for the season ahead. The former Salford coach guided the Red Devils to both the Grand Final and Challenge Cup final against the odds, ultimately falling just short on both occasions. Securing a play-off spot should be the club’s target this term and proved they can compete with the league’s best having made a strong start to the season before lockdown.
The man capable of turning the Giants into play-off contenders is half-back Aidan Sezer. The Australian was in contention for the Man of Steel award last term and with some help from his teammates around them should play a leading role again at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign.
Huddersfield have made some smart signings in the off season which should make them a more solid outfit in 2021. Perhaps the most eye catching arrival is Josh Jones who won the Super League title with St Helens and played an important role in Salford’s run to the Grand Final a couple of seasons ago. The back-rower reads the game extremely well and has a knack for popping up with crucial tries when called upon.
The Giants have a mixed start to the season and will want to win all of their opening three matches before tough games against St Helens and Leeds respectively. Ian Watson’s side have a nice end to the season which could allow them to build some momentum if they qualify for the play-offs.
Top Tryscorer – Jermaine McGillvary
Top Pointscorer – Aidan Sezer
Club Player of the Year – Aidan Sezer