Huddersfield Giants have five players in the Super League Dream Team for the first time.
The club record number – the previous best was two in 2009 (Brett Hodgson and Scott Moore) – is a sign of the way the Giants have dominated 2013 to claim the Super League Leaders Shield under the command of Paul Anderson, who is red-hot favourite to be named Super League Coach of the Year.
That secured Huddersfield’s first top-of-the-table finish for 81 years, with Anderson looking for his five stars to lead by example in Thursday’s opening play-off clash against Wigan at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“I’m obviously delighted for all of them. Their selections are rightly deserved,” said Anderson. “And I’m sure there were a lot of their teammates who were also in the frame and can count themselves unlucky to have missed out.
“Although Broughy, Lunty, Eorl, Brett and Leroy have been consistent all year, they key to success has been our team performances.
“That’s what’s got us to the top of the table and that’s what’s going to bring us success in them play-offs.
“All five of them would be the first to acknowledge that they’ve profited from the work of everyone around them.”
The new Dream Team members – none of them has made the side before – are all expected to feature against the Warriors on Thursday night.
Ukuma Ta’ai may also be available after suffering a badly split lip at Bradford Bulls on Saturday, while fellow back-rower Dale Ferguson has now recovered from a knee injury.