Anderson focused on Wildcats
New Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson is confident he can get the Giants’ season back on track, starting with the visit of neighbours Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow.
Anderson’s promotion from the role of assistant was fast-tracked following the sacking of Nathan Brown and the former Bradford Bulls and St Helens prop is hoping to hit the ground running.
“It’s a massive game against Wakefield,” he said. “They are a very competitive team.
“The side we’ve selected is one that we believe is best suited to compete against Wakefield in the areas that we have highlighted.”
Anderson has promised to make changes in a bid to reverse his team’s current woeful form and among the new faces tomorrow is likely to be Brett Ferres, who was signed from Castleford Tigers just before yesterday’s transfer deadline.
The Giants had lined up the former Bradford and Wakefield forward for next season but hastened his move to provide a late-season boost and they had just two minutes to spare when they secured his registration.
“I can’t believe how quickly the deal was done,” said the 26-year-old Ferres, who played alongside Anderson at Bradford just under a decade ago.
“I’m already excited about making my debut. At this stage I don’t know whether that will come against Wakefield but I am fit, available and ready to play.”
Wakefield will give a second appearance to centre Lee Smith, who completed a permanent move from Leeds Rhinos before yesterday’s deadline.
One transfer that failed to go through was Rangi Chase’s proposed move from Castleford to Hull FC so the Super League Man of Steel is set to line up for the Tigers against Warrington Wolves.
Chase has not played for a month after being suspended by his club for a breach of discipline but has been named in coach Ian Millward’s 19-man squad and Warrington boss Tony Smith admits that could spell danger for his side.
“He is always dangerous,” Smith said. “Sometimes he is dangerous for his own team but sometimes he is dangerous for the opposition.
“We understand some of the tricks that he can produce and he always seems to come up with one or two new ones as well.
“We will give him and Cas a healthy respect but it is more about how we cope with things. It is up to us to go there with the right approach.”
Smith rings the changes as he continues to rotate his squad ahead of next month’s Challenge Cup final against Leeds.
Forward Mike Cooper and half-back Gareth O’Brien both return after being left out of the semi-final while Matty Blythe, Richie Myler and David Solomona are recalled in place of Chris Bridge, Garreth Carvell and Trent Waterhouse.
“We’ve got a couple of players carrying little niggles after last weekend so we’ll need some replacements there but we’ve also got some players waiting for their opportunity to show their wares,” Smith said.
“They need to play and show some form as well.”