I DON’T think anyone could argue our capture of Danny Brough isn’t a sign we really mean business.
We were delighted with what we achieved last season, finishing third in Super League and reaching the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
But the fact we didn’t lift the Challenge Cup or win a play-off game still left a bitter taste in the mouth, and it’s clear to everyone the club has gone out and done something about it.
The new signings we made for the start of the season are already making significant contributions, and now we’ve backed that up with the capture of Danny, which is another clear indication of how the Giants are continuing to move forward.
Danny is without question an outstanding player, who will add significantly to our attacking options, as well as adding even more competition in the halves.
Whether Danny, right, makes his debut for us against Saints at the Galpharm on Sunday remains to be seen. After all, he’s only just met his new teammates and will be playing in a key position for us, so he will obviously need a bit of time to adjust to the way we play, both in attack and defence.
As a result, we can’t expect him to break any records for us in the first couple of weeks. Putting undue pressure on him from the start wouldn’t be right.
But we are all sure that when he begins to find his feet he’ll prove a real asset to Huddersfield Giants.
Having said that, I didn’t feel we did too badly without him at Harlequins.
We regarded this game as a potential banana skin, appreciating it may prove difficult to maintain our intensity after the Leeds win the week before.
But even though it wasn’t the greatest performance in the world, we still showed a very professional approach and came away with a solid win in the end.
On top of that, my ankle felt great on my return from injury.
So, all in all, I think it’s fair to say we’re looking forwards to Saints on Sunday!
SIMON GRAYSON has warned his faltering Leeds side: "Roll your sleeves up – or else!"
After successive defeats by Southampton and Millwall, the second-placed Whites head to League I leaders Norwich City tomorrow desperate to get their challenge for automatic promotion back on track.
They are just three points ahead of third-placed Millwall, who host basement side Stockport County.
"Everybody can accept the plaudits when things are going well but you have to roll your sleeves up and anybody who does not want to roll their sleeves up might as well disappear out of the club," said Grayson.
"I want people with character and qualities about them to take this football club back up and I have firm belief that we will still do that. It has dented us a little bit and we are hurt by the situation but we have to move on.
"We are still in a good position in that we are three points clear and second in the division with nine games to go and hopefully my team will come out and respond in a positive manner from now until the end of the season to achieve what we set out to achieve at the start."
Norwich, whose manager Paul Lambert is being linked with Celtic after the departure of Tony Mowbray from Parkhead, will go 11 points clear by beating Leeds.
Danny Wilson takes his fourth-placed Swindon Town side to former club Hartlepool United.
And Colchester United, three points above Town in sixth, are at home to Wycombe Wanderers, who host Lee Clark’s side a week tomorrow.
League I rivals Southampton and Carlisle United contest the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday (1.30).