05th December 2018


Simon Woolford on new recruits, getting excited for the new season and the relationship between the club and the community

Foster Care

By Joe Buck

As Huddersfield Giants continue their preparations for 2019, a few new faces have finally joined the Simon Woolford era at Huddersfield.

There is clear delight from Woolford when discussing these signings and it is obvious the Aussie had a huge role in bringing these players to West Yorkshire.

“They’ve all fit in really well. They’re all really good people, that was a big part of our recruitment strategy, making sure we get good people and we’ve certainly done that.”

“From a rugby league point of view, they’re going to certainly add plenty on the field as well. We’re really happy with what we’ve got.”

These signings come with huge anticipation from fans and as the countdown to the new season begins, it is not just fans that are beginning to get excited.

Woolford told us: “I’m very excited. We’re into week four of pre-season and before you know it, Christmas will be over, and we will be back playing trial games.”

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m pretty happy with how the squad is at right now. I think we’ve got a lot out of the first four weeks.”

It is obvious that there is excitement from within the club. However, what can supporters expect, and should they begin to get excited?

Simon Woolford thinks so: “Well I don’t see why they shouldn’t be excited. We finished the year really well, they saw a glimpse of the brand of footy we want to play.”

“I think the fact we’re going to have seven or eight weeks in pre-season to improve and make changes the coaching staff have come up with, I think they’ll [supporters] be excited to see some different things in defence and attack and in our whole game.

“We’ve made some changes that will improve us now we know the personnel more and what and who we have to deal with. There’s no reason why anyone can’t be excited for the season ahead.”

Speaking at the Huddersfield Giants kit-launch, Woolford also stressed the importance of the relationship between the community and the club.

“It’s something we’re mindful of. It’s something we want to be better at. We’ve done a bit of self-reflecting in the pre-season and we realise we need to be better with a lot of things off the field.”

“The community is part of that. So you know it’s about making sure we’re doing everything right and obviously a part of that is being available to the community.”

“These guys are role models to people in the community, they understand that and we do everything we can to be out and about and seen in the community doing the right thing.”

Preparations for 2019 are going well but it has not been plain sailing so far during the break. A couple of injuries have delayed the whole squad training together but Simon Woolford is not too concerned about this:

“It’s important come round one we have everyone fit and ready to go. We had a couple of minor hiccups with some torn muscles in pre-season but that’s nothing any other club won’t go through either.”

“It’s just a matter of dealing with it and getting through the rehab. A couple of guys have had some minor surgeries but I’m expecting come round one in February that we’re going to have the majority of the squad ready to be chosen.”


Heikki Kovalainen




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