Paul Anderson is hoping having so many players available for the start of pre-season training will guarantee he gets his wish of seeing the Giants get off to an explosive Super League start in 2015.

Last season’s World Cup commitments and major operations meant under half of Huddersfield chief Anderson’s senior squad took part in the crucial early pre-season sessions.

As a result, the Giants were relatively slow getting out of the blocks.

But with the majority of this season’s squad reporting for training on day one, Anderson has high hopes his squad will be in prime position when they host Hull FC for their Super League XX opener on Sunday, February 8.

 

“We are looking in relatively good shape, particularly compared to this time last year!” said Anderson, who still has Scott Grix (shoulder) and Kyle Wood (knee) completing their rehabilitation work but expects to welcome them back to training at the start of the new year.

“We are without Scott and Woody, while Brett Ferres is obviously still missing after playing for England in the Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand.

“But, apart from that, it’s looking pretty healthy, which means we’re already getting down to some quality work.

“I said before pre-season got under way it’s important we hit the ground running and making sure we get off to a good start to guarantee we achieve our goal of a top-four finish.

“Because of the numbers we have available right now there’s certainly no excuse for failing to meet that target.”