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Davidson's delight

EXTRA responsibility has resulted in an increasing workload for Jason Davidson.

EXTRA responsibility has resulted in an increasing workload for Jason Davidson.

Yet there are few complaints from the former Sheffield and Doncaster half-back who couldn't be happier with his life at the Giants.

Most weekdays, the staff coach and development officer works from eight in the morning until eight at night, and then spends Sunday on NFP duty with the first team.

That means his only day off is Saturday - although that will change when he assumes his role as assistant coach to Lee St Hilaire with the Under 19s, whose games take place at the weekend!

But try taking away some of Davidson's duties in an attempt to ease his heavy schedule, and expect a sharp rebuff.

"It's busy, but I'm happy," he readily admits.

"The roles I'm now performing give me an insight into many areas of the game, from my development work in schools up to my time with the full-time squad.

"The work with the first team is a step up for me, and there was no way I was going to throw away an opportunity like this.

"I'm learning an incredible amount off Tony Smith and I'm sure it will stand me in good stead.

"As I said, there's a lot of hard work involved, but it's fantastic."

During the week, the former Hillsborough Hawks National Conference League captain spends the early part of the day in schools with his development team.

Then in the afternoon he helps with first-team affairs, concentrating primarily on work in the gym.

On matchdays he takes charge of the squad warm-up and ensures the players keep up with the necessary intake of water.

And three nights a week he's off with St Hilaire to take charge of the Under 19s - a role that is arguably the most vital to the Giants' future success.

"What Tony wants to see is the Under 19s mirroring what happens in the first team, both on and off the field," he added.

"That system is a way of ensuring that the youngsters who make the move up can do so as smoothly as possible.

"It's a process that is already paying off, as the progress of Eorl Crabtree will testify.

"It really is a great place to work."

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