HUDDERSFIELD Giants’ new recruits have wasted little time impressing head coach Paul Anderson.
And the John Smith’s Stadium boss is including new assistant coach Chris Thorman in that.
Front-row forwards Stuart Fielden, Craig Kopczak and Anthony Mullally and winger Ben Blackmore have all settled in well at their new home, and have been playing a full part in the early days of pre-season training.
But Anderson feels Thorman is making just as big a mark at the club and is making his presence felt.
“You can tell our new signings have come from some very good environments,” said Anderson.
“They’re all in good shape and have an excellent attitude to the work we’re doing.
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“It’s just a case of fine-tuning them to the ways of our club, but because they’re quality people and quality athletes we don’t see that being a problem at all.
“Because we’ve got a number of players in rehab following surgery and have others who have been on international duty, it’s giving us a bit more chance to spend time with the new signings.
“So far, it’s all been positive.
“And Chris Thorman is also playing a big part in that process.
“It’s obviously a big step for him, because he’s now moved from a player to a coach.
“But I’ve every confidence he’ll go from being a quality player to a quality coach.
“Chris, Kieron Purtill (the Giants’ other assistant coach) and myself have been bouncing ideas off each other for the past week or so, and Chris is making an incredibly valuable contribution.
“His enthusiasm is infectious and all of the players are already responding positively to what he’s doing. There are some very good signs.”