Ex-Huddersfield Giants star believes Super League no longer attracts the same calibre of NRL stars as he picks out strongest era in competition

Halifax Panthers star Kyle Wood is set for a testimonial after giving over a decade of his life to rugby league.

Much of his career was played out in Super League where he starred for Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity as well as a brief stint with Castleford Tigers on loan in 2010.

When asked by Serious About Rugby League about the best team he had played in, he said:

“Probably when I made my debut for Huddersfield Giants, we had players like Brett Hodgson, Luke Robinson, Kev Brown, Danny Brough, Shaun Lunt. That era when I was playing with them was where I learnt my trade.

“It was really good, I had Nathan Brown as the coach, a very good coach, I learnt a lot from him and those players. I’m learning a lot, learning to train at a high intensity and how to perform in Super League. It helped me throughout my career.”

He also assessed why this star studded Giants team failed to win a major final:

“We didn’t perform when it came to the big games, in play-offs we seemed to let ourselves down or fall at the last hurdle.

“I don’t know to be honest. It was one of those things.”

He believes this was the strongest era in Super League and believes Super League no longer attracts the same calibre of NRL players as back then when the likes of Brett Hodgson, Jamie Lyon and Matt Gidley and Danny Buderus were coming over to England.

“Yeah definitely playing in that era, the clubs were really strong they had a lot more depth and a lot bigger name players. Hopefully it’s something that Super League can build back up to being like that,” Wood said.

“We’ve still got very good players, but in my opinion that era was very strong and had very strong Australians coming over which doesn’t seem to be happening as much.”

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