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Anderson: Injuries are a chance for youngsters to shine

Anderson: Injuries are a chance for youngsters to shine

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016 6:09pm
Giants Head Coach insists injuries to the squad give a chance to the young players in the squad.

Huddersfield Giants host Wigan Warriors at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday, 12th February, (kick-off 8pm) in the first home game of the 2016 First Utility Super League season.

The Giants will be without a number of first team personnel after injuries have affected the squad following last week’s defeat against St Helens, but Head Coach Paul Anderson insists this is a good opportunity for the young players in the squad:

“The way we put the squad together this year was that we knew we were going to be reliant upon some of the younger players in our squad at the right time but never all at the same time but it is what it is and they have to go out there and play.

“Jamie Foster has come in and he is ready to play, over the next few weeks you are going to see the future of the Giants and this is a chance for the young players and I am looking forward to seeing them play and it is going to be exciting for them because they get an opportunity to play on Sky against Wigan and challenge themselves.”

More injuries hit the squad after last week’s game adding to Craig Huby and Kyle Wood on the sidelines, however Anderson said there was some positive news regarding Huby’s injury:

“Eorl played in the Catalans trial game and his groin was a little bit sore and then he played in the Saints game and he hasn’t recovered from it. Grix worst case scenario is 4-5 months, Craig Huby had another operation on Monday to take the wires out of his hand so he has got his pot off now and we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with him.”

Despite the problems facing the squad currently, Anderson insists he is not rushing the recruitment process and is expecting his side to go out and compete against Wigan:

“I don’t think there is a phone battery in the world that is long enough to get me through a day at the moment, we are scouring the world and the problem is we are now into round two and nobody wants to let players go.

“The NRL are just starting their trial games so it’s slim pickings at the moment. One thing as a club and as a coach that I don’t want to do us go to our Chief Executive and panic, because then you spoil the bigger picture of where you want to go with your recruitment further down the line.

“I am expecting for us to go out and compete, we have had a look at Wigan and we know they are a good side. The older, more experienced players in the squad need to lead by example and then the rest will follow.”

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Source: giantsrl.com
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