AUSTRALIA coach Wayne Bennett is coming back to Huddersfield!
The Senior Giants have pulled off a major coup by having Bennett as guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting in the banqueting suite of the Galpharm Stadium (2.15).
The Kangaroos chief has agreed to take a break from his hectic Tri-Nations tournament scehedule and will be travelling up from Cambridgeshire for his special visit.
Besides speaking to the Senior Giants, a main reason for coming to town is to meet up with former Fartown teammates.
Bennett spent the 1972-73 season at the club, and Player Association chairman Ken Senior has been contacting Bennett's old Huddersfield pals to organise a special re-union.
Next Wednesday's trip has been co-ordinated by former Huddersfield police chief Gary Haigh, who has again been acting as liaison manager for the Australian RL touring party.
"A lot of people have worked very hard to make Wayne's visit possible," said Senior Giants official Nancy Beaumont.
"I can't thank Gary Haigh enough for initially setting it up and for the way the likes of Ken Senior and Peter Gronow from the Players Association have been trying to contact all of Wayne's former Fartown teammates.
"With a bit of luck, this will be a very special day."
Bennett signed for Huddersfield from Toowoomba in September, 1972 after touring New Zealand with the Kangaroos the year before. He arrived at the same time as fellow Australian Greg Veivers.
He made his debut as a substitute in a 24-10 defeat by Warrington in front of a 2,570 Fartown fans.
In his one season at the club, the utility back made 15 appearances, scoring three tries and 36 goals.