ALL you need to know about Huddersfield Giants new signing Stuart Fielden.
Stuart Fielden factfile
Date of birth: September 14, 1979
Place of birth: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Height: 6ft 3in (191 cm)
Weight: 16st 7lb (105kg)
Playing position: Prop
Junior Club: Illingworth RLFC
Club record: Bradford Bulls (1998-2006, 224 appearances, 43 tries), Wigan Warriors (2006-12, 139 appearances, three tries), Huddersfield Giants (2012-)
Representative honours: Great Britain (2001-06, 25 appearances, two tries), England (2000-08, 10 appearances, 0 tries)
On the John Smith’s Stadium moments
"I’ve got loads, and that was one of the many attractions of coming here.
"On top of that, there’s the proximity to my home in Halifax. It’s great to think my rugby league ‘home’ is now virtually on the doorstep.
"But there’s no doubt that over the years the stadium has been very kind to me, whether it’s been called the McAlpine Stadium or Galpharm Stadium. Fingers crossed, the John Smith’s Stadium will be the same.
"The stadium has been the venue of our three World Club Challenge successes with the Bulls, as well as a number of Challenge Cup semi-final triumphs.
"And then, there are the many memorable Test matches.
"Yes, this stadium has been good to me over the years, and to now call it my ‘home’ is a great feeling!" – Stuart Fielden
On Paul Anderson
I SUPPOSE my hands are tied a bit, because he’s now my boss!
We obviously go back a long way through our playing days at Bradford and we were very good teammates.
To be honest, he’s already pulled me a few times regarding the way I’ve been with him and the jokes I’ve been telling. As a result, I’ve got to be careful what I to say, because our relationship has now changed so much.
But I’m certainly okay with that.
As a gaffer, he’s brilliant, and he’s just what you want in the role. He let’s you know exactly what he wants from you, and if you don’t, you’ll either end up not playing or be out of here.
There’s no grey when it comes to Baloo, it’s either black or white, which is the way it is in rugby.
You do always wonder when a player moves into coaching whether they’ll be able to successfully make the transition.
It’s a big leap from being one of the boys to be the being the boss, but Baloo has done it seamlessly, which I always thought he would.