Huddersfield Giants chief Paul Anderson has praised the way the squad’s rawest Super League recruits have embraced his club’s punishing training regime.
Tyler Dickinson, Liam Johnson and Mick Learmonth have all come through Huddersfield’s junior system and earned full-time contracts for Super League XX, while fellow youngster Oliver Roberts has moved up after joining from Bradford Bulls.
Anderson expected the quartet to find the going tough at the start.
But even though the physical and mental demands are far harder than anything they would have experienced before, the Giants head coach has been highly encouraged by the way they have adjusted to such a challenging full-time environment.
“It’s a massive step up for them,” said Anderson. “You always expect it to be tough at first for the first-year pros, and it’s important to keep a close eye on them in case they start to find it a struggle.
“But at the moment they’re doing well, which is a real credit to them. At this stage, they’ve got to learn and learn quick, which is exactly what they’re doing.
“As you’d expect, because Oliver and Mick are 20, they’ve found it a little easier to adjust than Liam and Tyler, who are 17-18
“I’m sure they’re going home on an evening feeling shattered and going to bed a lot earlier than when they were at school.
“But however fatigued they are at the end of the day, it’s not being showing with the work they’ve been putting in with us.
“That obviously might change further down the track, when we might have to reassess a little the work they’re putting in, but so far they’re doing everything that’s being asked of them.”