Giants’ trophies bid is already under way
MATTY English believes Huddersfield Giants’ bid for silverware in 2019 starts this week.
The 20-year-old joined the rest of the squad for pre-season training on Monday - and the young prop admits they are already being put through their paces.
“Pre-season is always going to be tough,” English said. “We’re only a few days in and it’s been pretty hard so far, but I’m looking forward to getting back out on the field and building on what I achieved this year.”
And he achieved a lot, making 14 appearances and scoring his first try for the club in the 24-14 win over Wakefield in the Challenge Cup. And he capped it off by signing a new four-year deal which ties him to the club until at least 2022.
The number of games he played this year came as a surprise, but having had a taste of it, English can’t wait to add to his appearances next season. I didn’t expect to play so many games at the start of last year so, obviously, I was delighted and my family were buzzing,” he told giantsrl. com
“Hopefully, I can make even more appearances this year and have a big impact on the team.”
The England Academy international, who turns 21 next week, admits the Giants have big ambitions for 2019, which has already been shown by the signings of Matthew Frawley and Akuila Uate from the NRL.
“We must start well this year because we want to be in the big games at the end of the season,” said English.
“We want to win something and we’ve set clear goals, so we’re going to try our hardest to work towards them.”
The Giants found out this week they will start next season’s campaign at home to Salford Red Devils on February 1. And English has urged Huddersfield fans to get behind the club for what he believes will be an exciting campaign.
“Hopefully we can get a big home crowd behind us and begin the season with a win,” he said.
“We’ve got a great stadium and facilities and I think it’s the best value in Super League.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing plenty of people there, and if we can create a good atmosphere it will really help to get the boys going.
“The fans can expect a big start this season. We’re going to bring a more exciting, free-flowing brand of rugby with plenty of energy in defence.”
FOR more ticket information or to order a season ticket, visit giantsrl. ENGLAND winger Tom Makinson is a deserved winner of the 2018 Golden Boot, says New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
The Kiwis full-back was on the Rugby League International Federation’s four-man short-list for the prestigious award after leading his country to a 26-24 victory over Australia in October.
Australia full-back James Tedesco and England secondrower Elliott Whitehead were the other men in contention but Watene-Zelezniak had no complaints about the award going to the St Helens player.
“He deserves it, he’s an awesome player,” he said.
“I’m happy with my nomination, I’ve just got to keep going.
“It’s been one of my better series but I’ve still got a long way to go and, if anything, it makes me hungrier.”
New Zealand will be aiming to avoid a fourth successive defeat to England and a series whitewash at Elland Road on Sunday after finishing on the wrong end of two fiercelycontested Tests in Hull and Liverpool.
“They have been good for the game,” Watene-Zelezniak said.
“They have been tough games, probably a couple of the toughest games I’ve played in my career.
“It’s good for the game but not so much for the body, and it will be another tough game this week.”
Kiwis coach Michael Maguire will need to make at least one change after losing winger Jordan Rapana with a dislocated shoulder in the 20-14 defeat at Anfield last Sunday.