HUDDERSFIELD Giants head coach Paul Anderson is hoping it won’t be too long before the fans start turning up in far bigger numbers.
Huddersfield maintained the pressure on Super League XVIII leaders Wigan Warriors by securing a hat trick of triumphs in 2013 over Leeds with Sunday’s 40-18 home win .
But some of the gloss was taken off the victory with an attendance of just 7,785 for what was a top-four clash.
The Giants are hoping to boost tomorrow’s attendance for the visit of Catalan Dragons by offering tickets from just £5.
Victory against the French would make it 15 for the season for the second-placed Giants and keep them on course for a top-two finish for the first time.
And Anderson would like that to be achieved in front of a bumper claret and gold turn-out.
“There has been a fair amount of talk about the size of the crowds we’ve been attracting,” said Anderson.
“In the view of many in the game, we should be playing in front of a lot more.
“But while that’s obviously the wish of everyone, we can’t afford to be affected by this and drawn into the debate about it.
“As a group, we’ve just got to focus on what we can do directly as a group, and that means continuing to win games.
“I’m sure the Huddersfield public will come out when they feel the time is right. There are a lot of factors they obviously need to take into account.
“But, hopefully, we can keep going as we are, and the public buy into the offers the clubs has out there.
“We’re delighted with the way the club is continuing to progress, and the more support we can generate, the better.”
Anderson is expected to keep changes to the side that beat Leeds to a minimum.
The only change to the 19-man squad is the return of winger Luke George, who picked up a knee injury during his loan spell at Hull KR a month ago, but he is fit and replaces Matty Dawson.
For the Dragons, Jamal Fakir misses out through injury and is replaced by Julian Bousquet.