Is this the man who will help the Giants successfully negotiate the final hurdle and lift the Super League trophy or Challenge Cup?
Over the past few seasons, Huddersfield have grown and grown as a top-flight force.
The Giants’ crowning glory so far has been their first top-of-the-table finish in 81 years to claim the Super League Leaders Shield in 2013. That was a very special moment.
But the holy grail in British rugby league is obviously to win the Super League trophy at Old Trafford and the Challenge Cup at Wembley.
Twice in the Super League era Huddersfield have reached the Challenge Cup final, where they’ve lost out to St Helens and Warrington Wolves.
And on several other occasions, the Giants have come within 80 minutes of competing at Old Trafford’s Theatre of Dreams.
The fact they’ve come so near yet so far countless times has earned the men in claret and gold the unwanted title of chokers, always freezing on the big stage when the stakes have been at their highest.
It’s a tag the Giants find hard to stomach.
However, with Ryan Hinchcliffe now on board for the next three years can all this change?
Hinchcliffe is arguably one of the biggest Australian NRL talents ever to have arrived in this part of West Yorkshire.
During a glittering career with top side Melbourne Storm, the 31-year-old hooker has savoured Australian NRL Grand Final success and World Club Challenge success.
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He’s also been part of Storm’s elite leadership group, alongside Australia Test captain Cameron Smith.
As a result, at the end of last season Hinchcliffe was made a Melbourne Storm Life Member in recognition of his outstanding service to the club following his arrival from Canberra Raiders in 2009. His influence, both on and off the field, was one the Storm didn’t want to forget.
Quite clearly, the Giants will be wanting Hinchcliffe to have a similar impact at the Giants.
On the field, he can help direct the Giants around the park and take some of the pressure off captain Danny Brough in the process, while away from the Super League stage he’s playing an important part in mentoring a number of the club’s highly-talented rising stars. The likes of young hooker Kruise Leeming are finding his experience invaluable.
Like the vast majority of top rugby league stars, blowing his own trumpet is the last thing on Hinchcliffe’s mind. Making it clear how impressed he is with the quality of the Giants squad has been occupying most of his public thoughts.
But he admits that if he can play a part in preventing the Giants from falling at the final hurdle in the future he’d be over the moon.
“I know I’ve joined a club that’s in a good position,” said Hinchcliffe, who was in the Storm side that’s twice beaten Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Challenge, 18-10 in 2010 and then 18-4 in 2013.
“The Giants have obviously been close to the top for a few years now and I hope I can help them build on that, which is certainly something I know Paul Anderson is hoping as well.
“It goes without saying that I’m looking to add something new to the group, and the fact there’s so much quality here does make me feel pretty optimistic.
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“I’ve obviously not played in a competitive game with the boys yet, but from what I’ve seen so far there are definitely quite a few of them who could play in the NRL and play well.
“They’ve impressed me in pre-season and in the trials (the 38-6 win at Hull KR and 26-16 home success over Catalans Dragons), but it’s obviously what happens from the start of round one that counts.
“But I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
“In fact, it’s that chance to challenge myself that really appealed about the move over here.
“I’ve been lucky to achieve as much as I have back in Australia, and I’d love to achieve something over in England.
“After over 10 years in the NRL, coming here has really freshened me up. It’s given me a new lease of life, and hopefully that’ll bring the very best out of me.”
And with Hinchcliffe, his wife Brooke, three-year-old daughter Ivy and four-month-old son Charlie having settled in well in Fixby, he knows he can devote all his attention to giving everything to the Giants cause.
“Coming to the other side of the world was a pretty big thing to do. It’s really daunting, to be honest,” added Hinchcliffe.
“But everyone’s settled in very well, which is great.
“It’s certainly helped that we’ve been able to find a lovely house to stay in up at Fixby.
“It’s beautiful, nice and quiet, and very near to the golf course, which is no bad thing.
“And, on top of that, it’s not far to training, either. You can’t beat that!”