Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson is predicting big things from Anthony Mullally on the back of his Ireland World Cup experience.

The 22-year-old prop returns for pre-season Super League training with Huddersfield today after featuring in all three of Ireland’s Cup clashes.

But even though the Irish were beaten by England, Australia and Fiji, Mullally emerged with his head held high.

And Anderson is hoping his 6ft 6in, 17st front-row forward will be able to build on his own personal World Cup experience and immediately push on as the Giants look to defend their Super League Leaders’ Shield crown.

 

“Although it was a tough campaign for Ireland, I thought Mull had a positive World Cup,” said Anderson.

“Against England at the John Smith’s Stadium, he produced one of his best games. He hit the ball well and constantly found his front. That’s something he needs to start doing more consistently with us.

“Mull’s going to be a good player, we’ve all got to stay patient with him.

“And in terms of his development, this World Cup won’t have done him any harm at all. It should have done him a lot of good, confidence-wise.”

Mullally is the first of the Giants’ World Cup competitors to make a full return to pre-season training, with Ireland teammate Scott Grix and Wales duo Craig Kopczak and Larne Patrick returning on December 9.

“I’ve spoken with all three of them and they’re already looking forward to coming back,” added Anderson.

“Larne and Koppy are unscathed, while Grixy missed the England game with a dead leg but then returned.”