DANNY BROUGH will urge the fans to be patient if the Huddersfield Giants don’t get off to an explosive Super League XVIII start.
Huddersfield have developed a reputation as a side who start the season strongly before fading badly towards the end.
It’s something the Giants are keen to avoid under new head coach Paul Anderson in 2013.
Brough (left) has revealed his club is anxious to do something about it, although he still expects to see some positive signs when Anderson’s men play their first pre-season fixture at St Helens on Friday.
“I hope the fans don’t get too disheartened if we’re not firing on all cylinders after the first six weeks,” said the Huddersfield skipper.
“But we are desperate to take steps to make sure we don’t suffer the sort of fade-out we’ve seen in recent seasons.
“We don’t want to blow ourselves out. We want to produce steady performances and pick up as we approach the play-offs with some big games.
“The coaches and conditioning staff have spoken to us about the importance of peaking at the right time, because it’s so painfully apparent we haven’t done that for a number of years.
“We’d obviously love to put in strong performances and win games from start to finish, but it’s all about striking the right balance.
“It’s vital to make sure we hit our top form when it matters the most – and that’s obviously towards the end of the season.
“We don’t want to be known as a team that falls away at the back end of the season any more.”