Huddersfield Giants fend off NRL interest to keep Ian Watson

Huddersfield giants have announced that Ian Watson has signed a new deal to remain at the club.

This comes as the Giants look to fend off interest from the NRL.

With a number of vacancies down under with Wests Tigers Canterbury Bulldogs and possibly even Gold Coast Titans all on the look out for a new coach. Watsons pedigree made him an ideal candidate but the giants have now secured his services moving forward.

Watson made his name at Salford guiding the Red Devils to a first ever Grand Final before taking them to the Challenge Cup Final.

This came after the club were second favourites for relegation in 2019 – the year Salford made it all the way to Old Trafford.

He then joined Huddersfield in 2021 which was a year in which he received plenty of criticism as the Giants flattered to deceive. However after that initial bedding in year, he has worked wonders at Huddersfield cementing them inside the top four and taking them to the Challenge Cup Final.

Now a Grand Final seems like a real possibility and this is just the beginning especially now that he has signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the end of 2026.

He said on Sky Sports, who broke the news, that it was an easy decision and that he is enjoying working with Ken Davy at the club.

He also said he would be happy to stay a long time.

His Huddersfield side now take on his former club Salford at the Magic Weekend hoping to bounce back after a shock defeat to Castleford last week.