He’s arguably been one of the signings of the Super League season, but Chris Hill is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson.
Watson, who goes back a long way with Hill, was getting ready to build a trophy-winning side for 2022 and wanted the enforcer to front that attempt.
After a decade at the Warrington Wolves, Hill had become almost part of the furniture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, but a change of scenery has proved just the tonic this season.
And, now the Huddersfield man has revealed just what lured him to the John Smith’s Stadium.
“I would probably say Watto (Ian Watson),” Hill said.
“Jermaine McGillvary actually asked me in the middle of a game because he knew I was off contract, but Watto I played with him at Leigh .
“I knew him as a bloke and I’d heard a lot of good feedback from under him at Swinton, so I met up with him and had a good chat.
“He said he would bring in the likes of Theo Fages and I thought he was pulling my leg and getting me to sign.
“But I had also heard a lot about Greg Brown the trainer.”
Now, Hill will go into the Super League play-offs for the first time as a Huddersfield player and he cannot wait.
“These games are what you play rugby for – this is the exciting time of the year, we’ve put ourselves in a great position to try and fight for Old Trafford.
“I think we’ve been in a good place all year, as a group we’ve been real tight knit.
“I missed a large chunk of the season, but there is disappointment that we were striving for that second place.
“The defeat at Leeds probably pushed that out which was deeply disappointing, but the next spot was third and we got that.”
Huddersfield will, of course, go up against the Salford Red Devils this weekend for a place in the semi-finals of the play-offs.