Upbeat Giants chairman Ken Davy is determined the club will be back challenging at the top of Super League in 2017.
The Giants finished bottom of the regular competition last term and then scraped their way to survival with a dramatic 23-22 win at Hull KR in their final game of the Middle 8s.
Immediately after that victory at the Lightstream Stadium, Davy vowed that the club would not relive that experience ever again and he has not changed his tune as the new Super League campaign approaches.
“We are really determined to get back to winning ways,” said the club’s owner.
“Winning had been a habit that the club had got used to and, after last season, we want to get used to that winning habit again.”
With head coach Rick Stone, who led the Giants to Super League survival after joining the John Smith’s Stadium staff back in July, now pulling together his own group of players, Davy is confident.
And the chairman regarded this week’s capture of 22-year-old full-back Jake Mamo from Newcastle Knights as a key signing for the Giants.
“We have just landed a major signing after two months of hard work,” said Davy.
“We now have Jake (Mamo) who really is a star signing for this club.
“The last full-back we signed from Australia (Brett Hodgson) went on to be a Man Of Steel winner and we feel that we have signed a player who will develop into that kind of calibre of performer.”
Also recruited for next term are former Bradford Bulls trio second-rower Dale Ferguson, who shone for Scotland in the Four Nations in the autumn prior to rejoining Huddersfield, half-back Lee Gaskell and prop Paul Clough.
“We are looking forward to the 2017 because we feel it will be a fantastic season for the club,” added Davy.
“We have assembled a very good squad for Super League next year.
“And we will have 11 players who have international honours in our 2017 squad, plus four players who have been in the England Academy squads – two of them as captains.”
Davy is also confident that the Giants will get growing backing next season, buoyed by some very encouraging pre-Christmas season ticket sales.
“We are delighted with sales of season tickets so far and that we have attracted so many new season ticket holders,” explained Davy.
“Our offer of £99 on season tickets has an absolute deadline of Christmas Eve and it is an offer that will never be made at this price again.
“I like to think that we are offering a whole season of excitement and top class rugby – and also memories that will last a lifetime.”