Ian Watson reveals which Super League rival he turned down before joining Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson was revelling in his club’s stunning win over Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-final clash at Elland Road.

The Giants led 12-0 at half-time and eventually cut loose by 25 points to 4 with every player more than doing their job in triumphant fashion.

But, if Watson had taken a job at another Super League club – which eventually turned out to be Hull FC – it may never have been the case.

And, now he has revealed why Huddersfield piqued his interest.

“Hull were already a top four club, but this was a team similar to Salford,” Watson said.

“I hadn’t had much success for long periods of time but the one thing is that everything else is set up.

“It had a good youth system with a good owner like Ken (Davy) who has got his rewards and now he’s got the opportunity to lead his team out in the Challenge Cup Final.

“Huddersfield was set up to be a top four club – it was just missing us doing our job.”

Watson has revealed how the special bond throughout the club convinced him to take the job at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“To do it with another club it feels extra special like Ken (Davy) when he was talking to me about the club and how he wanted to achieve that.

“I wanted to build the club around real good people and characters that want to win.

“We’ve got a good group of players and sometimes you don’t understand the togetherness but these people do.

“The job is to go on and win it.”

Huddersfield will now face Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup Final in a fortnight’s time.

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