GIANTS coach Jon Sharp has hailed Super League X a `great season', despite finishing the campaign on a disappointing note.
Huddersfield were yesterday beaten 36-22 by Wigan Warriors in their final game of the season at the Galpharm Stadium.
It meant the Giants finished the year with 12 wins from their 28 games - the same as in 2004 - and missed out on the play-offs by four points.
That was confirmed as fellow play-off chasers London Broncos thrashed Widnes 68-10.
But despite the negative finale Sharp was far from downbeat.
"Yesterday's events can't mask what, overall, has been a great season," he said.
"It's obviously disappointing we couldn't finish off with a win, because that would have been a fitting reward for all this season's hard work.
"But there's no question that progress is continuing to be made."
While the players will now embark on their end-of-season break, Sharp will turn all his attention to building his squad for Super League XI.
But the Giants continue to deny that Bradford Bulls star Robbie Paul is about to sign, despite further weekend reports that he is.
"It shows just how far we have progressed for Huddersfield Giants to be consistently linked with a player of the calibre of Robbie Paul," said Giants chairman Ken Davy..
"It would be tremendous if a player like Paul were to join us but at the present time it is not likely to happen. Having said that I have listened to and read the rumours , just like everyone else but that's what they are, just rumours."