HUDDERSFIELD Giants’ Joe Wardle believes that his move from Bradford last season has ‘made him’ as a player.
The talented centre has made huge strides forward since joining Nathan Brown’s squad, making 16 appearances for the Giants in 2011.
Wardle admits that he owes a lot to his coach who had the faith to play him in such a strong squad of players.
And with such a wide array of talent at the club, the former Siddal amateur player sees no reason why Huddersfield can’t win some silverware next season.
“I see no reason why we can’t go all the way as we have such an outstanding squad,” said Wardle.
“We’ve been up there for a good few years now and we really do want to strive for bigger and better things and get some silverware and try to get to the top of the tree this coming season.
“I had a good time with the Bulls but when the move came about, it just felt right to move and come to a new place.
“That decision has probably made me as a player if I’m honest.
“I challenged myself and last year I managed to play 16 games under Nathan Brown and I’ve learnt a hell of a lot off him and I don’t think I would have been the same player had I not moved.
The former Bradford Bull has also been impressed with how the new recruits have settled into the squad.
The Giants have made six new signings for 2012 with Greg Eden and Aaron Murphy both capable of challenging Wardle for a starting centre spot.
But the added competition for places in the Huddersfield backline isn’t concerning the 20-year-old, instead providing a motivation to continue to improve.
He said: “The rugby league community is pretty tightly knit, so you get to know a lot of people when you play against them, so most of us here already knew Luke George, and the rest of the new lads seem a good bunch and they look to be itching to kick on for us.
“It’s like they’ve always been here. They are good players, so it’s fantastic for the team and motivates me to stay on my toes and stay at my best.”HUDDE