Joe Wardle is ready to celebrate the sweet smell of success both on and off the field.
As well as the 23-year-old Giants star hitting his best form as the season draws to an exciting conclusion, he’s also just opened a sweet shop, Sweet Sensation, in Halifax market.
Wardle may be getting other members of his family to run the business while he focuses all his attention on helping Huddersfield push towards a first Super League Grand Final appearance at Old Trafford.
But he knows that backing up on-the-field success by seeing his fledgling business flourish would be the icing on the cake.
“Things are going really well, both on the field and off it at the moment,” said Wardle.
“Our form in the Super 8s is pretty decent, and our performance in beating Warrington was a sign that we’re getting even better at the right time of the season.
“If we keep on working hard and building on this latest success, then we know we’re capable of going all the way this year.
“No-one can write us off.
“As a rugby player, you only have a short career, so this is something for the future,” said Wardle.
“Hopefully, the shop will prove really popular and it can set me up in the longer term.
“Some of the boys have already come down and taken a look. They helped me launch it at the start of the month.
“But I am already getting fed up of the way everyone keeps pestering me to bring sweets in to training!
“Having said that, if feeding the boys up on sweets give us that little extra edge, I can’t complain too much.”