The Galpharm chief answers the questions put to him by Examiner RL writer Chris Roberts.
This week you’ve been linked with taking over at St Helens next season. Have you anything to say on that front?
Nothing at all.
All I’m concerned about at the moment are the Giants and the players here.
My sole focus is getting on with the job and doing everything I can to ensure my final year at Huddersfield is as successful as it possibly can be.
This week, it’s all about building on our performance against Warrington and devoting all our intention to facing London Broncos on Sunday.
That’s what I’m focusing on and what everyone else is focusing on.
In the three games we’ve played so far, we’ve had one close win against a top side, one close loss against a top side and one big win against Widnes.
So, the aim this week is to keep building on that positive start and making sure our improvement week on week continues.
Nothing else matters right now.
I really am encouraged by the start we’ve made, and I don’t want anything to detract from that.
Even though we were beaten by Warrington, the confidence of the players remains as strong as ever, and we’re all looking forward to what Sunday’s game in London may bring.
There’s still a very positive mood around the place right now.
Did you feel the final scoreline against Warrington (the Wolves won 32-22) was fair?
I’m not so sure, to be honest.
It was one of those games where it looked like we were going to get there, then they were going to get there, then us again and then them again.
At 26-22 we bombed a try. If we’d made the pass and scored, then may be we’d have been singing a different tune.
But even though we were disappointed to lose the game, we did play some good footy.
I was most disappointed with our first 15-20 minutes, because I thought we showed the opposition just a little bit too much respect. We didn’t do what we needed to do if we actually thought we were going to win.
Yet once we started to get some belief I felt we showed some good signs to continue to move forward.
I’m quite happy in the sense we’re still improving, it’s just we didn’t take our chance to hit the front at a crucial stage of the game. These are the chances you’ve got to take, especially against the big sides.
How good were Warrington on the night?
They’re a good team, and I don’t think anyone would disagree if I said they were the best side in the competition last year.
They didn’t end up winning the Super League Grand Final, but if you spoke to any coach or player, they’d say they were the best side over the course of the season.
They scored 250 more points than their nearest rivals and let in 50 points less than their nearest rival, and that’s quite a big achievement, isn’t it?
And I firmly believe we have just lost to the side that’s going to be the team to beat in the competition again.