Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson wants to make ‘quality’ signings

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson is determined to create something special at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The West Yorkshire club have already made the Challenge Cup Final in 2022 and will look to secure a top four spot in the upcoming rounds of Super League.

But, this is a Huddersfield team that look like they will be around for a number of years at the top with Watson at the helm.

Such is the quality of Watson’s coaching that the Giants have been transformed from basement dwellers to silverware hunters in a very short space of time – and the quality looks to be increasing with the signing of Canberra Raiders star Harry Rushton.

And, following that signing, Watson admitted that he wants more quality signings and that he is talking to a number of stars for that to happen.

“We wanted him (Harry Rushton) for a long period of time, but we’re speaking to a lot of people at this moment in time,” Watson said.

“We just need to tweak our squad, what we need to do is add quality.

“We need to sign higher quality player than what we’ve already got unless we see it’s a real long-term potential.”

On Rushton, Watson was delighted to get him over the line.

“It’s a major capture for us, in terms of his stature and age everything that he bring to the rugby field and himself as a person,” Watson said.

“It gives us a really good look of going forward in the future of building around a young British pack.

“I wanted to talk to him straightaway when I found he was available. It’s happened really quickly, it was something we were looking at.

“I’ve been watching his games playing in the NSW competition for Canberra. I remember speaking to Richard (Thewlis – Managing Director at Huddersfield) about him about being a great British kid who can defend with a great ball playing ability. and then a week down the line I got a phone call that he was potentially available.”

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