DELIGHTED Giants assistant coach Paul Anderson is predicting a bright future for rising star Jacob Fairbank.
The 20-year-old loose-forward produced an outstanding Super League debut as Huddersfield ended a run of three straight defeats with their 46-26 triumph over Hull KR.
Although all 17 contributed to the Giants cause, Fairbank caught the eye with the maturest of performances.
And former Great Britain forward Anderson is convinced that if the Halifax-born youngster can maintain his current level of improvement, he could go along way in the game.
“Jacob is very energetic, and he shows that energy when he’s out there on the field,” enthused Anderson.
“He’s done that playing for the Under 20s for us, he’s done that during his dual registration at Halifax, and he’s now doing that for us in first grade.
“That shows how bright the future could be for him if he keeps working hard.
“He’s got a lot going for him.”
Yet even though a lot of the focus on a victory that keeps the Giants fourth in Super League was on Fairbank’s top-flight debut, Anderson believes the credit should be equally shared.
“People are going to talk a lot about the players who didn’t play because of injury, due to the fact there were so many of them, “ said Anderson, whose side were lacking a stack of senior stars.
“But we should really be talking about the ones that have come into the side, because they all did such a magnificent job.
“It’s a credit to the club and the boys as a whole that they dug deep and came through with a performance like this.
“What you need at a time like this is for the effort and the attitude to be right. That’s what gets you through the tough times, and that’s what we saw against Hull KR.
“Across the board this really was a top effort, and it again showed what you can do if you’re prepared to work hard for each other.”