AS the Giants pack prepare for a massive Galpharm test, Andy Raleigh is being backed for future international recognition.
Caretaker coach Kieron Purtill believes his forwards have laid the foundations for the Giants three-match winning run which they are desperate to extend against Catalans Dragons on Saturday (7.30).
It’s free entry, of course, for all supporters and Purtill believes it’s the perfect opportunity for the Giants’ big men, and 27-year-old Raleigh especially, to showcase their ability.
“The forwards have been laying a fantastic platform and working really well as a unit and, without them, our creative players would not have been able to produce the goods,” said Purtill.
“All the forwards deserve great credit and are playing with a lot of energy, but Darrell Griffin and Eorl Crabtree have been immense up front and Andy Raleigh has been putting in some big stints.
“I firmly believe that if Andy carries on then he’s sure to get some full international recognition at some stage in his career.
“All our guys are putting in the hard graft at the moment and enjoying themselves, which is great to see, and it’s important we keep our good run going this weekend.”
While much attention is being focused on the ‘major announcement’ planned by chairman Ken Davy at half-time, Purtill is aiming to make up for the 48-0 hammering suffered against Catalans in Perpignan which was Jon Sharp’s last match.
“It’s great to be back at the Galpharm, with the gates being thrown open there should be a decent-sized crowd down and, with the announcement from the chairman as well, there’s a real buzz,” he said.
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