LUKE ROBINSON is ready to welcome new Giants scrum half Danny Brough to the Galpharm with open arms.
Although Brough’s arrival has put Robinson’s position as Huddersfield’s first-choice No7 under serious threat, the 25-year-old is delighted his club has finally got their man and believes securing his signature will make the Giants an even stronger Super League force.
“Danny Brough coming here is fantastic news,” said Robinson, left, who signed a two-year contract extension a fortnight ago.
“I’ve been aware of the club’s interest in Danny for some time and Browny has kept me fully informed throughout.
“He’s made no secret of the fact he likes to use me in the hooker role, and I have to admit I’m thoroughly enjoying the time I’m spending there. To be honest, there’s very little between the scrum half and hooker roles these days.
“Because of that, I’m really excited about what the future holds, not just for me but for the club as a whole.
“Having Danny here obviously increases the competition for places in the squad, and that’s good for everyone, while there’s no doubt his ability will make us a stronger side.
“I’m delighted he’s here.”
Robinson would be the first to admit some of his best displays under head coach Brown have come when he’s been switched from half-back to hooker.
The first time he made a major impact in the new No9 role was, ironically, in last season’s big 54-6 triumph over Brough’s Wakefield when Robinson tore the Wildcats to shreds down the middle.
And the former Wigan and Salford man was again effective in that position in Saturday’s win at Harlequins, bursting clear from acting half-back from deep early in the second half to create the opening for Leroy Cudjoe to complete his hat trick.
There should be no problem, therefore, for Robinson to continue to share the hooking role with Shaun Lunt, enabling David Faiumu to carry on in his preferred back-row role.
However, with Brad Drew hoping to return to action following knee surgery in the next month, it’s possible Robinson could then come under more pressure in his bid to retain his spot!
Brough’s anticipated debut against St Helens on Sunday should help boost the crowd, with Giants officials having already announced a deal to help increase the next two Galpharm attendances.
Huddersfield have launched a double ticket offer for the Saints game and then the Catalans Dragons clash just five days later on Good Friday.
Any adult supporter purchasing a St Helens match ticket can get a Catalans adult ticket for just £10, whiles it’s just £6 concessions and £2 for Under 16s.