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Christmas wishes: What Huddersfield Giants should wish for going into 2022

With it being Christmas day, we thought we’d look at what every Super League club would wish for this Christmas – within reason of course. Now we’re turning to Huddersfield Giants who go into 2022 full of optimism, as they did going into 2021. Hoping for a big season next year, what is it Huddersfield Giants should put on their Christmas list?

2022 will be the ninth season since the Giants’ bast in the Super League era. Nine years ago, the Giants, under Paul Anderson, finished top of the pile as Anderson built on the good work from Nathan Brown from 2009-12.

That began a solid era from the Giants when they were certainly one of the top teams in the division for a number of years. In 2015, they finished third and went into the final day with a chance of securing the League Leaders’ Shield before battling in a semi-final with Wigan.

It’s been a long time since the Giants enjoyed those dizzy heights even though the arrival of Ian Watson had fans believing Huddersfield were the dark horses for Super League glory in 2021. However, that was not to be with a number of injuries derailing their play-off charge early doors.

Since then, Watson has continued his recruitment turning to Tui Lolohea, who he worked with at Salford, to help replace Aidan Sezer and Lee Gaskell. His arrival alongside the signing of two-time Super League Champion Theo Fages and others as Ian Watson builds a squad that better reflects what he wants at the club which arguably wasn’t the case in 2021, has Huddersfield fans dreaming again this winter.

This leads us to the very thing Huddersfield should wish for this Christmas: a fresh start. That’s what the club should be aiming for in 2022. There was so much unfulfilled hype in 2021, for good reason, and ultimately those lofty expectations ended up being quite damaging to the club. Last season was also supposed to be the start of a new era at the club but I would propose that that new era truly begins this season now that Watson’s squad is now being shaped in his image.

So, a fresh start is exactly what the club needs and the sense of optimism that brings. They need to forget about the difficulties of 2021 and let the Ian Watson era truly begin and if it’s anything like his time at Salford it will be a massive success.

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  1. Brad Ward

    December 25, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    A Fresh Start!!! What a pointless article. Really. Was that the best you could do

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