PAUL ANDERSON knows Dale Ferguson will continue to give 100% to the Huddersfield Giants 2013 cause after agreeing a move to Super League rivals Bradford Bulls.
PAUL ANDERSON knows Dale Ferguson will continue to give 100% to the Huddersfield Giants 2013 cause after agreeing a move to Super League rivals Bradford Bulls .
The out-of-contract back-row forward is due to move to Odsal on a lucrative three-year contract for the start of the 2014 campaign.
It will bring the curtain down on a four-year stay at the Giants for Ferguson, who arrived at Huddersfield from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2010.
But Huddersfield boss Anderson knows the move away will make no difference to the way Ferguson performs for the Giants as they look to finish the season at the top of Super League XVIII.
"It’s always disappointing to lose a quality player, but I’m also delighted for Fergy to have been offered a deal that will guarantee him and his family some long-term security," said Anderson.
"But knowing Fergy as well as I do, I know it won’t have any effect on the way he plays for us between now and the end of the season.
"Since returning from his loan spell at Hull KR in March, he’s got his head down, worked exceptionally hard and been reaping the rewards. His form has been very consistent.
"That won’t change at all as a result of this news, because he’s as desperate as everyone else in the squad to make sure we maintain our current momentum and finish the season as strongly as we possibly can – the stakes for us at the moment couldn’t be any higher."
It seems certain Super League’s salary-cap restrictions played a part in the Ferguson deal, while it also increases the speculation that the Giants could be looking to complete a move for London Broncos’ Australian back-row forward Chris Bailey, who was in the recent Exiles squad.
Huddersfield are, of course, also continuing to be linked with Wakefield half-back Kyle Wood and Salford winger Jodie Broughton.