MATTY DAWSON has been praised for his Headingley heroics by Giants coach Paul Anderson.
The 22-year-old produced a rock-solid wing display in only his second Super League appearance as leaders Huddersfield made it five wins out of six with Friday’s 32-8 triumph at champions Leeds Rhinos.
Dawson got the call on the morning of the game after Jermaine McGillvary failed to recover from a back spasm suffered in training on Wednesday.
But despite his lack of experience on the big stage, Anderson was delighted with the way the former Castleford Tigers youngster handled the occasion, and he believes it bodes well for the future.
“Matty should be proud of his efforts. He didn’t let anyone down, and that should do his confidence a power of good,” said Anderson.
“He’s only played two Super League games in his career so far. Warrington at Warrington last season and Leeds at Leeds last Friday, and he didn’t look out of place at all.
“That shows how much potential he has, because if he can handle games and occasions like this, then he should be able to handle almost anything.
“At the end of the day, whether this proves to be the case is obviously down to him.”
Anderson is also pleased with the patience Dawson showed in waiting to get the chance to play.
“Apart from Super League or having a run-out with Batley under our new partnership, there’s nowhere really for Matty to play,” added Anderson.
“At the moment, (Batley coach) John Kear is happy with the way his back three are playing, so that’s been a non-starter.
“And up until Friday, Matty’s also not had the chance to show anyone what he could do for us.
“But he hasn’t let that affect the way he’s been training and he’s now finally gained his reward.
“He’s shown that patience can be a virtue.”