Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson reveals which Super League team has the ‘lowest budget by far’

It’s always interesting to have an idea about which Super League side spends the most and the least.

With four teams only ever winning the Super League Grand Final – Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Bradford Bulls and the Wigan Warriors – there could be an argument that the salary cap needs tweaking anyway.

But, for those at the lower end of the spending budget, that ceiling of £2.1 million may not even be hit anyway.

For Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson, he believes that tonight’s opponents at the John Smith’s Stadium – Wakefield Trinity – spend the least in Super League.

In turn, that has led Watson to hail Willie Poching for the job that he has done at Belle Vue in order to steer them away from relegation during a very sticky patch in the middle of the season.

“Willie has done an outstanding job to be fair. He had to rebuild a lot of the team last year by the lowest budget in Super League by far,” Watson said.

“Willie has brought in players from lower leagues and junior players and Willie has done really well.

“To be able to re-energise and re-focus them on the back end of the year was no easy job.”

For Watson, this week’s fixture is a way of continuing their momentum into the Super League play-offs with the Giants set to welcome either Leeds Rhinos, the Salford Red Devils or Castleford Tigers to the John Smith’s Stadium next weekend.

That game will be live on Channel 4 and Sky Sports with a 1pm kick-off as the business end of the season approaches.

But, for Huddersfield and Watson, this Super League run-in is a way to right some wrongs that were left at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the heartbreaking Challenge Cup Final loss to the Wigan Warriors.

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