Huddersfield Giants have been excellent in 2022 under Ian Watson in Super League.
Not only has the West Yorkshire club made it to the Challenge Cup Final – where they did of course lose to the Wigan Warriors – but Huddersfield also eased into the play-offs with a third-place finish.
That was a far cry away from the ninth that Huddersfield placed back in 2021, but that hasn’t meant that the Giants have received much recognition.
Only one player is in the Super League Dream Team – Chris McQueen – whilst Watson hasn’t been nominated for Coach of the Year despite the incredible transformation of Huddersfield.
However, Watson does believe that his younger players deserved more recognition than what they have got.
“Hopefully we get that recognition as a team. One positive is we have had is Chris McQueen in the Dream Team,” Watson said.
“I did personally think there would be others. I did think there would be a young player of the year. That’s what we haven’t had recognition for with the amount of young players we have in the team: Oliver Russell, Owen Trout, Oliver Wilson and Will Pryce.
In terms of recognition, Salford Red Devils boasted three in the Dream Team and Watson hailed one of those – Ken Sio – as well as the job that Paul Rowley has done at the AJ Bell Stadium.
“Brodie Croft, Tim Lafai and Ken Sio has always been one of my favourites. He is a great guy and a great bloke.
“Because of how well Salford are doing, Paul Rowley has got recognition. He’s done well and he’s turned it around there.”
The two sides go head to head this weekend for a place in the Super League semi-final play-offs, and, it will have even greater importance for Watson considering the fact that he left the Red Devils for Huddersfield ahead of the 2022 season.