Jason Chan can’t wait for next season and the chance to help the Giants go one better.

The Papua New Guinea back-row forward came off his sick bed to produce a heroic individual performance which almost helped his club win at Warrington on Thursday and secure Huddersfield a first Super League Grand Final appearance at Old Trafford.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be, with the Wolves snatching a 30-22 Qualifying Semi-Final triumph.

But the 29-year-old is convinced that bitter experience will help make the Giants stronger in 2014 – and they will now build on this season’s League Leaders Shield success and go on to claim the ultimate Super League prize.

“That defeat at Warrington obviously hurt everyone,” said Chan.

“After lifting the League Leaders Shield we were determined to go on and win the trophy at Old Trafford.

“But this year we came up just a little too short. We know we’re not that far away, we’ve just got to go out and prove we can do it.

“We’ll be determined to make sure it’s a different story next year.

 

“We’re retaining most of our squad and Baloo (Anderson) has got Stuey (Fielden) coming in on the coaching staff so he’ll fix up a lot of our wrestling and defence.

“We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the squad, we’ve got the coaching, the fans and the backing of a fantastic owner in Ken Davy and the club.

“I think we’re going to be fighting at the top.”

And after an injury-hit season, Chan is hoping he has better luck in 2014 and can play a far bigger role in any future Giants success.

He suffered a knee injury early in the season, which kept him on the sidelines for a couple of months, and was then out for a similar length of time with a torn bicep picked up against Bradford Bulls during the Magic Weekend.

Huddersfield Giants' Jason Chan after last Thursday's defeat to Warrington Wolves
Huddersfield Giants' Jason Chan after last Thursday's defeat to Warrington Wolves

As a result, he feels he’s due a good year.

“It was a tough one for me personally,” he continued.

“I just didn’t seem to get any luck at all. I ended up missing a huge chunk of the season, and you don’t like wishing that on anyone.

“Hopefully, it’ll be different next year.

“Because I’ve missed a fair bit of this season I’m feeling fresh at the moment, and I’m looking forward to a big World Cup with PNG.

“But I’m also looking forward to preparing for next season with the Giants.”