CONSISTENCY is set to be the key word as the Giants return for their pre-season programme.
Players not involved on international duty – or still in rehabilitation – were back at the club yesterday for fitness testing ahead of next Monday’s return to full pre-season training for the first time under coach Paul Anderson.
Giants’ international prop Eorl Crabtree was one of those heading back to work after having surgery to alleviate an elbow problem (at the end of the Super League season) and he does not expect too radical a change of approach under Anderson.
“I think the changes that are made are going to be subtle rather than anything major,” said the 30-year-old forward (pictured right).
“There is a difference, but just what it is can be a little hard to put your finger on, but there is a real team aspect to it and we are all really looking forward to it.”
Crabtree believes the squad being able to maintain their playing standard throughout a season would be a major target for the Giants.
“What we want is to be consistently good throughout the season. We definitely don’t want to be starting well and then plummeting like we did last year” said Crabtree.
“I don’t want to say we will be in the top three or two next season, I would rather see us being more consistent and see where that takes us.”
An increase in competition in the squad should also pay dividends, he feels.
“The basics were strong last season and because of that we know we really should do better,” he said.
“We already have a good back line at the club and we are building in the forwards, bringing in the likes of Stuart Fielden and Craig Kopczak.
“The pack will be bolstered and having that bit of extra competition is something exciting for the likes of myself.
“And it should mean that we retain competition for places, because last season when we had injuries there wasn’t the strength in depth to create that competition for a shirt. Hopefully the new players and the youngsters coming through will create that situation.”