EXPERIENCED Australian NRL campaigner John Skandalis believes the Giants have made an excellent choice in appointing Nathan Brown as their next head coach.
The 34-year-old boss of top Australian NRL club St George Dragons will join Huddersfield on a three-year contract for the start of the 2009 Super League season.
And top Giants prop Skandalis, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, is convinced Brown will prove a big hit at the Galpharm.
“I’ve never been coached by him before, but I know a lot of players who have and they all rate him extremely highly,” said Skandalis, inset.
“I obviously know him more as a player, and I faced him a number of times in the NRL. He was a good competitor who always gave it everything, and he’s taken that into his coaching.
“He may still be young, but anyone who can last four years as a coach in the NRL must have some pretty special qualities, so for the Giants to get him is fantastic.
“I’ve no doubt at all he will get on with the players, because he’s a real team man, and with a reputation like his I’m also sure he’ll have little trouble attracting the top players.
“Getting him on board is a great piece of business by the club.”
Former Dragons hooker Brown will be able to take an immediate look at his new team in action when they entertain Warrington Wolves in tonight’s Super League clash at the Galpharm (6.00).
The match is being screened live on Sky TV, with the satellite pictures being beamed over to Australia where the Sydney-based Brown can gain immediate access.
And Skanadlis is sure that will act as an extra source of motivations for the players.
“When a new coach arrives, it always brings something new and fresh to the club, and I think that will be the case here,” added the former Wests Tigers front rower.
“But the announcement itself has created a buzz and let’s hope that translates itself onto the pitch tonight.
“After the disappointment of the defeat at Leeds last Friday, I know the boys are desperate to put on a show tonight.
“We’re back on our own ground and our form at the stadium has been great in recent games.
“And with Nathan watching, I’m sure that’ll make a difference, too.”
Jamahl Lolesi, who missed last week’s defeat at Leeds last Friday with a shoulder injury, returns in tonight’s Super League home clash against Warrington