The Giants chief answers the questions put by Examiner RL writer Chris Roberts.
After the major disruptions of last week, are you confident we’ll see more of the old Huddersfield Giants at St Helens on Sunday?
All being well.
Last week was clearly very difficult for everyone and culminated in that bitterly-disappointing home defeat to Wakefield.
But the key this week has been making sure we don’t feel sorry for each other. That helps no-one.
This week has been about putting some things in place in an effort to restore confidence among the players.
And one of the main ways of doing that is to get smiles back on the faces of the players again and for them to start having some fun. If they can do that then confidence can start to return.
They also shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that just a couple of months ago this same group of players helped us get to the top of Super League.
That shows the quality is there to turn things around and make sure we finish this season in as positive a fashion as possible.
You’ve also been able to bring assistant coach Kieron Purtill into the club early. How much has that helped?
It’s been massive, not just for me, but for the squad as a whole.
Obviously, having Kieron on board has helped to ease my workload. We couldn’t get him last week and that made our jobs so much harder.
He did come in on gameday against Wakefield and was pottering about to see how we did things.
But he’s now with us on a full-time basis, and as well as being an extra pair of hands for me, he offers a different opinion and a different approach.
As a result, that’s freshened things up a bit and the players appear to have appreciated that.
Has it also helped being able to welcome a new signing into the club in Brett Ferres?
Whenever a fresh face comes into the squad, it helps to provide a lift, and that’s been the case with Brett.
He’s had little trouble fitting in well with the group, which is what you expect, because he’s a Castleford lad and will fit in with anybody. We’re all the same from Cas!
He’s trained well this week and, all being well, will play left back-row this weekend.
I suppose there was a slight chance we could have played him against Wakefield on Sunday, but it wasn’t really the right thing to do for the squad.
By the time we’d got his signature, everyone knew who was playing at the weekend, and it clearly wouldn’t have been right to change things so late in the day.
It also gave us the chance to have a really good look at the shape he’s in, as well as let him have a good look at us before he got down to business.
It’s bound to take him a bit of time to fit into our style of play and get used to the calls, but he’s a smart bloke and he’ll soon pick things up.
And when he does, everyone will see what a quality addition to the squad he’ll be.
We’ve had an eye on Brett for a while now, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him in early.
He’ll be big, strong and aggressive, and that’s just what we need in the squad right now, particularly with the shape it’s in at the moment. We’ve again got a number of players carrying knocks.