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Broughton happy in land of Giants

18th of January 2014
Broughton happy in land of Giants

Jodie Broughton is convinced he has made the right decision in turning his back on the exciting revolution taking place at Salford.

Jodie Broughton is convinced he has made the right decision in turning his back on the exciting revolution taking place at Salford Red Devils under millionaire Marwan Koukash.


The 25-year-old winger was one of the leading lights for the Reds in 2013, when he was their leading tryscorer as they ended the Super League season with the wooden spoon, and was among the players coach Brian Noble tried to keep alongside Koukash's host of big-name recruits.


But the Leeds-based Broughton turned him down in favour of a move to Huddersfield Giants, the 2013 league leaders, and he has no regrets over his decision.


"A few people have suggested I left at the wrong time," Broughton said at the Giants' pre-season media day. "I'd gone though difficult times and now the times have come good, they said 'don't you wish you'd have stayed'.


"But at this stage of my career I was looking to push on. I want to live close to where I train and I didn't have the option of staying as long at Salford. I've signed a four-year deal here and I knew the coaching staff and a lot of the players.


"With them finishing top of the league last year, I felt this was the right place for me to come to enable me to progress my career.


"I thought this was the best environment for me to come to and I think I've made the right decision."


Broughton, who won a sprint in 2011 to become Super League's fastest man and was on the brink of the England team, reckons he has a lot to offer Giants coach Paul Anderson but accepts he needs to earn his place in the team.


"It's not going to be easy," he said. "There is a lot of competition for the wing spots. (Jermaine) McGillvary and (Aaron) Murphy were outstanding last year and obviously they won the league.


"I've no right to walk into the team and say I'm going to play on the left wing. I've got to earn my spot and hopefully I can do that in the trial games coming up."


Broughton is a rare breed of modern-day professionals who has an occupation to fall back on and he has no plans yet to give up his job as a quantity surveyor.


"I do it on a part-time basis around rugby," he said. "I know if it ever starts hindering my performances on the field, I need to take a look at it but the company I'm working for have been outstanding with me.


"I'm working in Oldham at the minute but I think I'm moving to Wakefield because it's closer and it fits in better with my time here."

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