HUDDERSFIELD Giants head coach Paul Anderson has spent little time looking at his club’s fixtures for next season – because there’s so much to focus on between now and the start of Super League XVIII.
Huddersfield head to former coach Nathan Brown’s St Helens for their season opener on Saturday, February 2.
That’s followed by the first home game of the season against London Broncos at the John Smith’s Stadium eight days later.
Anderson admits he was interested to discover who his Giants face in the opening rounds.
But he has made it clear that no-one inside the Huddersfield camp has been looking long and hard about the way the fixtures has fallen, which is the way he feels it should be.
"To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me who we play in the earlier rounds or the later ones," said Anderson.
"We just know we’ve got to play 12 of the teams twice and one of them three times with the extra game for Magic Weekend.
"And there’s certainly no point dwelling on the schedule.
"All we should be focusing on right now is making sure all our pre-season plans come to fruition on the opening day against Saints and are still coming to fruition by the time we reach round 27.
"At this particular moment, we’re working at changing the mentality of our players and doing some things differently so we can achieve even more than we have before.
"That’s obviously a process that can’t be changed overnight, and that’s what we our concentrating on 100%.
"Yes, for many people, the release of the fixtures is an exciting time, and we will, of course, all be taking a bit of a look.
"But that’s not going to be the top of our agenda at training today. There are other far more important things for us to be focusing on."
Yet while Anderson is taking a cool approach to the fixture schedule, Giants marketing staff are hoping the release of the fixtures will provide a timely boost on the season ticket sales front.
The Early Bird Discount Deadline ends on November 30, with huge savings available.
And marketing chief James Brammer is hoping such an exciting fixture calendar will have a positive impact.
"The release of the fixtures usually results in an upsurge of interest on the season-ticket front, and we hope this year is no exception," he said. "As a club, we’re delighted with the way our home fixtures have fallen. There’s a really good balance to them.
"I’m sure that’s something the fans will appreciate and it’ll be reflected in our sales.
"It’s always an exciting part of the year when the fixtures are announced, and what makes this week even more exciting is that we’ve got our Open Day at the stadium this Saturday, and that’s always a very popular event with the supporters. It’s great to see the fans and players mingling with each other.
"And this is also the perfect opportunity to get your season ticket while the discounts are still available. These deals mean we can still offer the best value in Super League."