GIANTS coach Nathan Brown is confident he has the squad to maintain a stronger Super League challenge in 2010.
His Huddersfield side enjoyed a remarkable last season when they finished a club record third in Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
But their campaign lost all of its momentum in the final weeks of the season, culminating in two play-off defeats.
At the heart of those reverses was a lack of quality manpower, with injuries to a number of key players taking their toll.
As a result, Brown has added more depth to his squad to help cover for any potential losses this time around, as well as recruited several established stars to make sure the Giants’ success story continues.
Included in those who have signed are international back-row duo Lee Gilmour from St Helens and South Sydney star David Fa’alogo.
Also arriving are Scott Grix from Wakefield and Graeme Horne from Hull FC, while Brad Drew is back at Huddersfield for a second spell after he also left Wakefield.
And Brown has declared himself well satisfied with his squad and firmly believes they are well placed to push on.
“We feel we have a better squad and we’re in a stronger position than a year ago with the systems we introduced last year,” he said.
“As well as some top-quality new signings we’ve also got some very exciting young players like Michael Lawrence and Leroy Cudjoe, and more behind them coming through.
“We’ve got more depth in our back row and in the halves, and that could be crucial when the physical demands on your squad begin to challenge you.
“I think we’re all looking forward to getting under way.”