Paul Anderson has hailed the work Ukuma Ta’ai is putting in to make the young Giants better players.

The Huddersfield head coach believes it’s vitally important for his senior Super League players to help mentor the club’s rising stars.

And, in this regard, Anderson has no doubt Tonga Test back-row forward Ta’ai is leading the way.

“One bloke who’s come back into pre-season training and had a big impact on the young fellas is Ukuma Ta’ai,” said Anderson.

Huddersfield Giants' Ukuma Ta'ai goes nowhere against Wigan Warriors' Sean O'Loughlin and Sam Powell First Utility Super League XX Playoff Semi Final Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants 01/10/15 (Pic by John Rushworth)

“Even though he’s not exactly that old himself (he’s 28) he’s already a bit of a father-figure to them.

“It was interesting how Kruise Leeming referenced Ukuma when he got his Player of the Year award and said how much of a positive influence he had been on him, and he wouldn’t have been the only one to have stated something like that. Ukuma always has time to do what he can to help improve the younger players at the club.

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“To be honest, all of the senior blokes should set the standard to the younger ones – and that’s certainly what they’re all doing right now – but Ukuma really is the shining example.”