Huddersfield Giants

Stadium: The John Smith’s Stadium
Coach: Simon Woolford
Last season’s finish: 6th

22/1 with Betfred to win the 2019 Grand Final

The new season brings with it a sense of new beginnings for the Huddersfield Giants (2/1 – Top 5 Finish).

Head coach Simon Woolford will get his first pre-season with his players having joined the club midway through the 2018 season – and there will be a new look to the Giants side following the departure of a number of big-name players such as Danny Brough (Wakefield Trinity), Ryan Hinchcliffe (retirement), and Jake Mamo (Warrington Wolves).

Woodford replaced Rick Stone at the helm and bought with him a change in fortune as the Giants first secured a place in the Super 8’s and then finished the year off in a respectable 6th place.

The big question mark looming over the John Smith Stadium for 2019 is how will the club fare without Danny Brough. The Scotland international has been a constant at the heart of the Huddersfield backline since joining in 2010, scoring over 1800 points in 246 appearances and leaves big shoes to fill for Matthew Frawley who has been drafted in from the Canterbury Bulldogs as a replacement.

Despite these big name departures, there is plenty for Giants fans to be excited about after some shrewd recruitment.

Tom Holmes was one of the standout players for Featherstone Rovers in the Betfred Championship last season before picking up an injury – and Frawley, Suaia Matagi, and Akuila Uate have all shown their worth in the NRL.

In fact, the Giants have set about quietly putting together what could prove to be one of the most dangerous backlines in the Betfred Super League.

Jermaine McGilvary will continue to provide a physical threat on one edge, whilst Fijian international Uate (25/1 – Regular Season Top Tryscorer) could turn out to be one of the signings of the season if he shows the try scoring pedigree displayed at the Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea-Eagles.

Huddersfield are one of a few teams outside of the established top four that will fancy their chances of sneaking into the play-offs this season – and who knows, if they make a strong start, they could find themselves very much a part of that conversation by the end of year.

What do the experts think? 

Paul Sculthorpe: “Head coach Simon Woolford will ant a more consistent team in 2019 after disappointing spells last season no doubt cost the Giants a semi-final chance, bolstered by new Aussie half-back Matt Frawley and Fiji favourite Akuila Uate.”

Star player? Jermaine McGillvary

Predicted finish? 9th

Jamie Peacock: “I think it will be another mid-table finish for the Giants – they can defend like the best but need to improve their offence.”

Predicted finish? 7th


The 2019 Betfred Super League kicks off in:
 

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