SO what did Giants fans really think about Super League XVII?
At the end of the 2012 campaign, supporters had the chance to take part in an on-line Examiner survey through www.examiner.co.uk/giants expressing their opinions on the way the season unfolded.
Not surprisingly, there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment at the way the year had finished, particularly as the Giants were top of the table throughout March and April.
Huddersfield’s fall from grace in the second half of the year was dramatic to say the least, with supporters feeling head coach Nathan Brown’s mid-season announcement he would be joining St Helens for 2013 being at the heart of the decline. In fact, 76.8% felt this had the biggest implication on the Giants’ season.
There was also a strong feeling that the decision of Kevin Brown to join Widnes Vikings next year – and then his subsequent early departure – also had an unsettling effect on the squad.
That’s clearly why more fans felt the former captain was the biggest disappointment in 2012.
But what also shone through when fans had the chance to give their own verdict was they felt there wasn’t enough firepower in the pack.
Having said that, the majority of fans still believe the area the Giants need to strengthen the most next season is at half-back, with 60.7% feeling that way.
Arguably, the most worrying statistic is that 73.2% of supporters who took part in the survey didn’t feel the Giants are in a stronger position now that they were 12 months ago.
And it’s clear a great many fans are reserving judgement on whether new coach Paul Anderson is the right man to take their team to the next Super League level.
When it came to the best performing Giant of 2012, it proved to be England prop Eorl Crabtree by a massive margin.
He was followed by next season’s captain and inspirational goalkicking half-back Danny Brough.
The pair scooped all of the club’s major end-of-season player of the year awards, so these results were hardly surprising.