KIERON PURTILL is back at the Huddersfield Giants.
The Super League club have acted quickly to bring the new assistant coach to the Galpharm earlier than planned.
The England Knights chief was due to take up the position at the start of next season.
But with Paul Anderson having taken over from Nathan Brown last week in the wake of the Giants’ poor run of form, Huddersfield have moved quickly to bring Purtill in straight away.
“Last week we had a race against time to register Brett Ferres and once that had been achieved the next key target to sort out was Kieron Purtill,” said Giants managing director Richard Thewlis.
“Again, as a club, we have backed Paul Anderson to the hilt in bringing this appointment forward.
“I welcome Kieron, and a fresh face and ideas will help in so many areas at a time when clearly we are hurting on and off the field.”
Purtill arrives at the Galpharm having been out of club coaching since he left St Helens in March.
And he admits he’s delighted to get back into the day-to-day coaching of rugby league.
“It’s good to get in early and get my feet under the table,” said Purtill.
“I’ve been doing the England Knights which is only part-time during the year, and I’ve missed being around the players and coaching on a daily basis, which is what I like doing.
“It’s also good to be back with Paul Anderson.
“Paul started coaching here the last time I was at Huddersfield and he helped out with the England Knights, so it’s good to be back and working with him again.”