THE HUDDERSFIELD Giants have celebrated a return to winning Super League ways by confirming Kieron Purtill will be back at the Galpharm Stadium.
Just a day after securing a 46-10 home triumph over London Broncos, Huddersfield have announced the 35-year-old will take up the position of No2 to new head coach Paul Anderson for the start of the 2013 season.
It will mark a re-union of the men who worked together at Huddersfield in 2007 and 2008 before Purtill moved to become the assistant coach at St Helens.
The pair did, in fact, enhance their coaching reputations during their spell together in 2008 when the took temporary charge of the Giants in mid-2008 following the sacking of Jon Sharp.
During their time at the Galpharm helm they led the stuttering Giants to six wins from 12 games before the arrival of Nathan Brown.
And with Anderson and England Knights coach Purtill having worked so well together in the past, next season’s Galpharm chief is excited about the development.
“We are delighted Kieron is able to come on board with us,” said Anderson.
“And he will be the first of a number of new faces and retentions that we will soon be announcing in respect of next year.
“I’ve obviously worked with him before, both at club and representative level, and he is familiar with the environment and people here and will be a popular addition to the club.”
Purtill is also delighted about the new role, which he’ll take up on November 1 ahead of the start of pre-season training.
“The opportunity to return to Huddersfield and work again with Paul really appeals to me,” he said.
“And I return more experienced but equally as enthused as before as to the potential of the team and the club.
“Since leaving the Saints earlier in the year I have been able to spend more time on the England Knights and my own personal development plan which has included time in Australia with some NRL clubs.”