It's the Huddersfield Giants Mutual Appreciation Society.

And the stars of the show are Messrs Brough and Hinchcliffe.

The multi-talented Danny and Ryan are expected to be two of the Giants’ biggest and brightest stars in Super League XXI.

Playmaker and captain Brough has been at the heart of Huddersfield’s recent top-flight successes, having been crowned the Super League Man of Steel in 2013 and starting another season as a member of the Super League Dream Team.

He’s the man charged with pulling the side’s strings.

But now Brough will have the vastly-experienced Hinchcliffe alongside him to take some of the weight off his shoulders, with the Australian’s glittering NRL CV with Melbourne Storm making him an obvious choice to take on some of the leadership responsibilities.

With the pair having such key on-field roles, it’s vital they respect what each other is doing.

Fortunately, that doesn’t look as if it’s going to be a problem at all.

Brough is impressed with Hinchliffe and Hinchliffe is impressed with Brough, even though the new boy admits his captain is an ‘interesting’


Huddersfield Giants' Ryan Hinchcliffe leads the team out Pre Season Friendly Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons 23/01/16 (Pic by John Rushworth)

“I like Broughy,” said Hinchcliffe. “He’s straight up and down, and a funny little character. He’s never short of a thing to say, let’s put it that way.

“But there’s no doubt he’s a very skillful guy, and I’ve never seen anyone kick the ball like he does. It’s fantastic.

“I’m sure he’d have been a success in the NRL, and I’m definitely looking forward to playing alongside him in Super League.”

And Brough feels exactly the same way.

There’s no doubt he’s a good addition to the squad,” said the Scotland skipper.

“As well as being a good player with ball in hand, he talks well and is a good defender.

“And with his experience I’m hoping he’ll ease some of the pressure on me in terms of being the captain and organising the side.

“I’m definitely happy for him to take some of the responsibility off my shoulders, particularly as I know he’ll do a good job.”