Huddersfield Giants chief Paul Anderson knows all the individual praise won’t go to Danny Brough’s head.

After being crowned Super League Man of Steel, the 30-year-old was this week officially named the world’s best stand-off.

Those accolades have now sparked a debate as to who is the greatest player in Huddersfield’s 118-year history.

And even though Anderson thinks making comparisons is impossible, he does believe Brough has to be a leading contender.

“What Broughy has achieved this year has been an outstanding effort, and thoroughly deserved,” said Anderson.


“It’s a reward for the consistency he’s shown throughout the year.

“A key to us winning the Super League Leaders’ Shield this season has been down to Broughy, and the way he’s playing and the manner in which he’s enjoyed it.

“And I was delighted for him that he’s ended the year by picking up the International Stand-off of the Year award.

“That’s good recognition for him, good recognition for the club and good recognition for our competition.

“But the good thing about getting all these honours is that it won’t go to Broughy’s head.

“He’s obviously as proud as punch to get all these awards, but all he’s bothered about now is having an bit of time with his family.

“He’s also looking forward to coming back for pre-season training at the start of January and ripping straight in.

“He’s already talking about ways of improving his game so he’ll give the Giants even more in 2014.”

But Anderson is steering clear on just how big a player Brough has been in the history of the club.

“In my opinion, it’s wrong to compare eras,” he added.

“To be honest, the game has changed tremendously over the past decade, so it’s impossible to judge how good players are now compared to way back when.

“But what I do know is that in the last 10 years, it’s hard to argue that Broughy’s not been the best.”

Giants chairman Ken Davy, meanwhile, is hoping all the positive news over Brough will help provide a major off-field boost ahead of the start of the next Super League.

“This season’s season-ticket campaign has been based on the Legacy of Legends and features Danny along with ‘Team of All Talents’, because it’s celebrating 100 years since they swept all before them in the competition,” he said.

“So it seems fitting this debate on who is Huddersfield’s greatest player has come just two days before our ticket discount deadline ends.

“During the World Cup TV coverage, leading Australian commentator Andrew Voss announced he’s pay just to watch Danny’s kick-offs! Giants fans have the chance to see him do far more than that in 2014!”