This may be one of the worst starts to a Giants’ Super League campaign.

But history has taught Huddersfield stalwart Eorl Crabtree to remain positive and patient.

A sorry 2016 statistic of one win from their opening 10 2016 top-flight fixtures is proving pretty hard to stomach.

And that’s the gut-wrenching emotion Crabtree is going through right now.

However, as the only surviving member of the Giants squad that suffered 17 straight Super League losses at the start of the 2001 season, the vastly-experienced 33-year-old prop is putting a very brave face on things 16 years later.

“Of course, this current run is hard. No-one likes losing at the best of times,” said Crabtree.

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“But having been around in the early days of our time in Super League when we seemed to be losing every week, the feel this time around is totally different.

“The results probably hit us a bit harder these days, because the expectations are now so much higher. Everyone knows that on our day we can beat anyone in the competition, which is something we proved in 2013 when we won the Super League Leaders Shield.

“Back in those early dark days it was a completely different ball game.

“No-one gave us a hope going into hardly any of the games, and that was bound to have a negative psychological effect on the players, many of who I’m sure felt they weren’t good enough. Simple as that.

“It’s not the same with this group.

“Despite the embarrassing start, we all know we’re good enough as a squad to do something about it. The difference in quality between this Giants squad and that of around 15 years ago is incredible.

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“I remember what happened in that season when we lost our first 17 games. Once we got that first win, we began to get a bit of momentum and ended up winning a lot more. In the end, we still got relegated, but only just.

“So I know from personal experience how quickly things can change.

“And with the quality there is in this squad, I’m aware how dangerous we would be if we got some real momentum behind us.”