In 2022, Huddersfield Giants laid down a marker.
Going into 2021 with the arrival of Ian Watson and a number of exciting signings there was a lot of hype but the Giants struggled.
But in 2022, with a few more smart signings, they delivered the promise they had and finished third in the league, their joint second highest finish in Super League history alongside 2015 and 2009.
In 2009 they also made it to the Challenge Cup Final which they repeated in 2022 for the first time.
So, 2023 is the year for the Giants to kick on a decade since they finished top of the league for the one and only time in Super League history.
They have certainly added more quality to their squad and Chris Hill, who returned to training after an impressive World Cup campaign with England, has made a bold claim about the strength of the Giants’ squad and picked out two new signings and two players from last year he expects to kick on in 2023.
He said on the Giants Twitter page:
“It’s good. We have massive strength in depth. I have been impressed by Harry Rushton and Kevin Naiqama. There is a lot of experience coming in and a lot of youth.
“The lads we had last year we’re expecting big years from the likes of Matty English and Oliver Wilson. There is competition every where in our team and that is why our training is so competitive at the moment.”