GIANTS prop Craig Kopczak will face former club Bradford Bulls in Sunday’s big Super League XVIII derby clash at the John Smith’s Stadium (3.00).
The news has been confirmed by head coach Paul Anderson (right) as Huddersfield look to make it five Super League wins out of five for the first time in the club’s history.
Kopczak missed the narrow 18-16 weekend win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with a sore neck.
But the 26-year-old has been given the all-clear to play against the club he left in controversial circumstances last year when he terminated his Bradford contract when the club changed ownership.
And Anderson knows his in-form prop forward will do a good job.
“I’m sure the fact it’s against Bradford will mean Koppy attracts a fair bit of attention media-wise,” said Anderson (right).
“But as far as we’re all concerned at the Giants, it just signals the return of a good player to our team.
“Koppy will have a job to do for us this weekend, and we know he’ll do it well, and no-one over here has spoken about the fact he’s coming back to face his former club.
“He was touch and go to face Wakefield last weekend, but we felt the time was right to give Anthony Mullally a run, and he did well.
“It’s not been decided at this stage who Koppy will come in for. That’s something the coaching staff will have to decide on, because it’s not clear-cut.”