NEW Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson could look to bring in assistant Kieron Purtill sooner rather than later.
England Knights boss Purtill was last month confirmed as the No2 to Anderson for next season.
Purtill was due to step in to the assistant coach’s role at the end of the Super League XVII campaign when Galpharm chief Nathan Brown headed to St Helens.
But with this week’s early release of Australian Brown from his Galpharm contract in the wake of a run of seven defeats in eight Super League matches and Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Warrington, former Great Britain prop Anderson could be poised to bring in Purtill as soon as possible.
Anderson was yesterday meeting with senior Giants players to discuss his short-term plans ahead of today’s return to training when preparations will get under way for Sunday’s home Super League clash against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The new Galpharm boss has yet to reveal whether he has made a move to bring Purtill in straight away.
But he has already confirmed Purtill has paid a number of visits to Huddersfield over the past few months following his departure from St Helens – where he had been assistant coach for three years – in March.
“Kieron’s been around the place a few times already and that’s obviously not going to change,” said Anderson, who was in temporary charge of the Giants with Purtill towards the end of the 2008 season following the sacking of Jon Sharp and before the arrival of Brown.
“As soon as his appointment was announced we’ve been in constant dialogue and contact, and that’s something else that’s bound to continue.