Exclusive: Super League star reveals players “don’t know what’s going on” with IMG

Over the last few years Huddersfield Giants have seen the likes of Kruise Leeming leave for Leeds Rhinos, Danny Levi head for the NRL and Nathan Peats retire.

There has been a lot of change in the number nine shirt at Huddersfield and that change is set to continue to take effect in 2024 with Thomas Deakin replacing Peats.

As Peats heads to pastures new, he reflected on his time in Super League which took him from Leigh Leopards (then Leigh Centurions) to Huddersfield Giants to Toulouse Olympique and back to the Giants.

He also had a brief spell in the French Elite One Championship.

Ahead of returning to Australia, Peats spoke to Serious About Rugby League about his thoughts on Super League.

He first said he felt that the 2023 season was the most competitive in recent times.

He said: “I think 2023 was the closest it’s been for a while over here. When I used to watch the super league from afar it was always the same teams at the top and there was a huge gap between top and bottom but I think season proved teams are developing well and the competition is getting a lot better.”

Peats then reflected on what went wrong for the Giants in 2023 after going into the season with huge expectations.

He said: “I’m not sure what went wrong, in my honest opinion, we went hard at the start of the season and we came Up short by 2 or 1 point in a few close games and as a squad we put our heads down and couldn’t keep at it. We found form later in year but left it to late.

“2024 Huddersfield will do a lot better I think. If anyone knows watto, he holds very high standards and there is a group of players there that can get the job done.”

The Giants, like the rest of Super League, will see their future determined by IMG.

But Peats revealed that players don’t know what’s going on:

“I still have no idea about the IMG. The players have been informed of the plans they have but to be honest if you ask majority of the players, most of them still don’t have a real indication of what’s going on with it.”