HUDDERSFIELD Giants head conditioner Greg Brown is confident the first team squad are shaping up well mid-way through their pre-season schedule especially following the players recent testing sessions.

After a gruelling couple of months pre-season work Brown has continued the intense graft this week as he put the squad through their paces in a series of fitness tests.

Brown outlined exactly what the tests are set out to achieve: “When the boys came in for the start of pre-season, we needed to find out where they were in terms of their physicality,” he said.

“And we now need to continue monitoring their fitness and their strength levels, so we have done a number of running tests and several strength tests to find what physical level they are at.”

Brown also admitted that the testing process is a pressurised time for the players who all want to break their previous season’s testing records.

“Testing is always difficult for the players because there is a lot of pressure on them, and a lot of pressure in between the different positions. That in turn creates an atmosphere where they all want to push each other and do their very best.

“For the new boys they want to impress the lads and let everyone know that they’ve come in for a reason and the young lads want to demonstrate that they’ve got a right to be where they are. They all seem to have adapted very well.”

Brown admitted that every single player had worked extremely hard during pre-season, but he reserved special praise for a few of members of the first team squad.

“In terms of effort I can’t really fault anybody. In terms of fitness, Luke Robinson has been very good all year, as have Scott Grix, Danny Brough and Jamie Cording. In terms of strength, Anthony Mullally and Jason Chan have both been very strong throughout pre-season.”

Brown revealed that the players returning from injury were all nearing fitness and stated that he hopes the side will be even fitter in 2013 compared to last season.

“The Head Coach is obviously a little bit different to the previous coach, he wants a big, strong, physical team and I’d like to think that’s what we’ve created this year,” he continued.

“It’s been really good with the conditioning staff this year. Matty Green who runs the rehab has sent back all the players in outstanding shape. He’s still got a couple more to return but they’re all looking really well.

“The Under 19s conditioner, Josh Taylor, has been a really good help as well this year. I’d like to think as a trio we’ve worked well together and the boys are looking like they’re set to have a really good year.”

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