LUKE ROBINSON is desperate to see the Huddersfield Giants turn on the style at home to Wakefield tomorrow (3.00) to show new head coach Paul Anderson he has the full backing of the players.
Anderson took over as Huddersfield chief on Monday after Nathan Brown left the club early in the wake of a run of seven defeats in eight Super League matches and Sunday’s 33-6 Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves.
Former Great Britain prop Anderson was due to take over as head coach for the start of the 2013 campaign, with Brown moving on to St Helens.
It was a decision that met with the full approval of the players when the news was announced in December last year.
And Robinson (pictured right) has revealed the squad’s mood hasn’t altered because of the events of this week.
“We were all gutted for Browny, because he’s done so much for the Giants. He’s turned us into a genuine top-four club,” said Robinson, who has been named in Anderson’s leadership group along with Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Scott Grix, David Faiumu and Luke O’Donnell following the announcement Kevin Brown has been stripped of the captaincy ahead of his move to Widnes next season.
“But while it’s sad for Browny, it’s great for Baloo (Anderson), and we’re all 100% behind him and the club’s decision to put him in charge.
“When we heard last December he’d be taking over from Browny for 2013 we were all delighted. We knew he was ready.
“And when we were told this week he’d be taking over for the rest of the season there were no complaints at all.
“Baloo knows he has the full support of the entire squad, and we’re really keen to prove that with a top performance against Wakefield tomorrow. That would be a fantastic way of showing him just how much we’re behind his appointment.”
Robinson could find himself back in the halves this weekend, especially with Scott Moore and Tommy Lee also named in Anderson’s first 19-man squad.
Moore and former Wakefield man Lee are both accomplished hookers, which means Robinson could be switched from the No9 slot to a role alongside Danny Brough.
Should Lee get the nod – he didn’t feature in last weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Warrington – he could be one of six former Wakefield men in the home line-up.
The others are Scott Grix, Danny Brough, Dale Ferguson, Luke George and Aaron Murphy.
But there’s still no return for Luke O’Donnell, who is continuing to recover from a hamstring injury suffered during training.
At the same time, four ex-Huddersfield players are ready to play for Wakefield in the shape of Andy Raleigh, Danny Kirmond, Kyle Wood and Oliver Wilkes.
Giants: Grix, Lawrence, Cudjoe, Gilmour, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, Fa’alogo, Patrick, Ferguson, Chan, Lee, George, Murphy, Fairbank, Cording, Eden, Moore.
Wakefield: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Cockayne, Wood, Wilkes, Ellis, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Mariano, T Smith, Trout, James, Sykes, L Smith.