Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson kicked up quite a stir last week with his comments that some of his players “don’t learn from past mistakes”.
And, with the departure of star forward Kenny Edwards all but confirmed, fingers were being pointed at the Australian that it was he who was Watson was talking about.
But, Edwards, when asked what he thought about Watson’s comments, said:
“I take that personally…telling a drug and alcohol addict (through the media), who is sober and has been for a long time that he hasn’t learned from his mistakes is a massive kick in the teeth,” Edwards said.
The 31-year-old was, however, keen to stress that he has enjoyed his time at Huddersfield.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here!
“If I think back to this time last year coming out of lockdown, we were sitting equal second and we were really enjoying the brand of footy we were playing.
“It showed in our results before lockdown – we travelled to Catalans and put 30 points on them, then we went over to Saints and beat them at home so we were on a real roll.
“After COVID hit we came back and struggled with injuries – I remember having 16 players in one game against Saints and in the end we only missed out on the semi-finals by one win.
“We were playing to the strength of the squad we had, playing what’s in front of us and not like robots.”
With Huddersfield second bottom, 2021 has been a tough season to say the least for Edwards, but he is still keen to do his best for the club.
“It’s a tough one as a player; you’ve got to be proud of the brand you play and for whatever reason it just hasn’t worked for us this year so far.
“But, we are only halfway through the season so there’s still a lot to be said out on the field.
“With me being out for a while now, I just want to help prepare the boys and help in any way I can and get some wins on the board because if you look at our squad, it’s a bloody good team we are putting out!”
Edwards was honest about his desire to leave the John Smith’s Stadium for pastures new.
“It’s probably common knowledge now that I’ve wanted to make a move for a while and although I won’t be a Giants player next year, I will put all my energy into helping my teammates in any way possible.”
With his departure confirmed, the back-rower confirms he is heading to a club whose style of rugby attracts him most.
“In terms of next year, I’m heading to a team that plays the brand of footy that suits me and when that time comes I’ll worry about it.
“But, like I said, for now, I’m a Giant and I will worry about finishing my time here strong with the brothers.”