Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson has become one of the most impressive young coaches of his generation.
After a terrific spell at the Salford Red Devils, where he helped guide the club to the Challenge Cup Final and Super League Grand Final – though he did end up losing both – Watson joined Huddersfield.
Since then, his stock has risen considerably, with many believing Watson to be the best coach in Super League – and you can see why with the dramatic transformation of the Giants in just 18 months under him.
From basement dwellers to silverware hunters, the former halfback should be very proud of how far he has come in such a short space of time.
In that time, Watson has also been part of the ill-fated Great Britain tour that went to Australia. Though that ended up in a whitewash under Wayne Bennett, Watson loved the experience.
And, one day he revealed that he would like to avenge that miserable tour after being asked if he had any ambitions to become a national coach.
“I think stuff like that takes care of itself, but that comes on the back of you doing your job well,” Watson said.
“I really enjoyed the Great Britain tour of Australia although it wasn’t the best type of tour in terms of results and one day I would like to rectify that.
“But, your career develops on the end of what you do at your club. It would be an honour to be involved in stuff like that.”
Such a man as Watson will be in high demand and Huddersfield acted quickly to tie the Lancastrian down after receiving interest from the NRL for the way in which he has acquitted himself so well in Super League.
Of course, every club coach’s ambition is to be a part of the national set-up and Watson appears ready-made for such a role.