NEW signing Brett Ferres is confident the Giants’ major Super League slump will soon come to an end – because of the quality there is in the squad.
The 26-year-old England back-row forward made his Huddersfield debut in Sunday’s 46-12 defeat at in-form St Helens.
It was his first game for his new club following his move from Castleford Tigers two weeks ago, and he is determined to show the fans what he can do on his home debut against Catalan Dragons this weekend.
“Coming to a new club you want to make a difference,” said Ferres. “I’ll just try and work hard and hopefully little things can rub off on players around me. I can maybe freshen things up.”
Three months ago Nathan Brown’s Giants were top of the table with 10 wins from their opening 12 matches but have slumped to seventh place after winning just one of their last 10.
Ferres is as surprised as anyone at the dramatic fall from grace but is confident his new club can re-discover their form in time for an assault on the play-offs.
“It sort of crept up a little bit,” he said. “They were top of the league and everybody thought they deserved it. They were playing well.
“They gradually just dropped down and you wonder ’where has this come from?’
“We are where we are at the minute. We need to turn it around and there are only us on the field that can do it. If you go around training and see the things some of them can do it’s unbelievable.
“We need a win to kick-start our form going into the play-offs. If we just tie a few areas up and get a bit of confidence back as well I think it will all come back in place.
“You can’t doubt the talent. It’s got to happen quick. We’re in the play-offs at present but all that can change. We’ve got to keep working hard and I’m sure it will come because, if you look at the squad, it’s fantastic.
“Losing at Saints on Sunday was really disappointing, because you always want to start your time at a new club in as positive a manner as possible. Like everyone else, I just hope we can start to turn things round against Catalan on Sunday.
“It’s my home debut and I’d love to make a positive impression.”
And Ferres admits he’s already looking forward to being part on a new Giants regime under Paul Anderson, who was a member of Bradford’s famous “awesome foursome” when he was starting out on his professional career 10 years ago.
“We used to get bashed about by Baloo (Anderson) and Joe Vagana and people like that,” he recalled.
“He’s a good bloke. I know him from my time there as a good, approachable, honest guy and he’s not changed one bit.”