NATHAN BROWN is confident his Giants will return to training tomorrow feeling refreshed after a four-day break.
Huddersfield head to West Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls on Sunday desperate to return to winning ways after their 28-16 defeat at second-placed Warrington Wolves on Friday night.
Despite the defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the Giants remain third in the Super League XVI table, although St Helens and Catalan Dragons are now just one point behind with six games of the regular top-flight season remaining.
But Brown believes that with his players’ batteries having been re-charged, the Giants are primed for a highly-successful end-of-season push.
“We’d planned to have this break six weeks ago, regardless of what the result at Warrington could have been,” said Brown (pictured).
“We’ve got a lot of players who’ve hardly stopped this season, and at this stage of the year rest is very important.
“A nine-day break right now – Warrington last Friday to Bradford this Sunday – is just what we need and we’ll hopefully see this reflected in our performance this weekend. We’re looking to see the players come back refreshed ready for a very big few months.
“As well as Super League and the play-offs, we’ve got an important Challenge Cup game at Castleford just around the corner (July 24), and we’re determined to do well in both competitions.
“Going into these games after a mini break certainly won’t do us any harm.”
But Brown also knows the time off will help some of his players get over the knocks picked up in what was a very physical game against the Wolves.
“We did pick up our fair share of bumps and bruises the other night,” added Brown.
“At this stage, we obviously don’t know how bad some of them are. We’ll know more when everyone checks back in to training tomorrow.
“But we do know Dale Ferguson is struggling with a shoulder problem, which meant he had to come off early at Warrington.”