GIANTS chief Paul Anderson is backing new recruit Ukuma Ta’ai to take his pack by storm.
Former Great Britain prop Anderson is already putting his plans in place to make Huddersfield an even more competitive force in Super League XVIII.
The Giants remain on the look-out for one more experienced forward to provide a little more midfield punch.
But in 25-year-old New Zealand Warriors man Ta’ai, who is 6ft 2in tall and weighs 16st 3lbs, Anderson knows he has a new addition capable of setting an excellent example.
“I’ve made no secret of my desire to strengthen down the middle and we are looking at a number of options right now,” said Anderson.
“Whether anything comes to fruition, we’ll have to wait and see, but in Ukuma we know we’ve already got a player who’ll give us a lot of punch down the middle.
“He is a pretty similar player to David Fa’alogo (who obviously left the Giants at the end of the season) and when he was fully fit we saw what a real handful he could be.
“With the explosive power I’ve seen from Ukuma, I’m fully confident he can make a massive impact either as a right edge or middle player.
“Exactly what role he plays will be decided once he gets here, and I’m looking forward to that moment arriving.”
Ukama made 52 appearances for the Warriors in the Australian NRL and scored seven tries, and is a regular in the Tongan national side.