NATHAN BROWN reckons Luke O’Donnell has made a sizzling start to the Super League season.
The 30-year-old back row has played in all seven Giants matches following his move from top Australian club North Queensland Cowboys.
O’Donnell arrived with a big reputation, having made 10 Test appearances for Australia and been involved in State of Origin for New South Wales.
And while many of his compatriots struggle to make an immediate impact, O’Donnell has had no trouble.
He is already the Giants’ top tackler with 218, has made most carries with 135 and is the second-highest metre maker on 845, just 30 behind winger Jermaine McGillvary.
And head coach Brown couldn’t be happier with the way his top winter signing has settled in, with his performance in the 38-16 top-flight triumph at Hull KR maintain his outstanding form.
“Luke’s been playing some very good rugby for us, which was again the case at Hull KR,” said Brown, who will again be looking for O’Donnell to play a leading role in Sunday’s home clash with Wakefield.
“We obviously brought him here for a reason, and he is doing everything we could have hoped at this stage. Everyone can see he’s doing really well.
“He’s making a very valuable contribution, both on and off the field, to what has been a solid start to the season.”