“It caused a lot of stress” – Ex-Huddersfield Giants man opens up on controversial Super League structure

Former Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity hooker Kyle Wood has experienced what it is like to be at the top of Super League and what it is like to be down near the bottom both at Huddersfield and Wakefield.

He joined a strong Huddersfield team competing at the very top of the league before helping Wakefield to the play-offs in 2012.

Then in 2013 he helped Huddersfield to the League Leaders’ Shield. The Giants started to struggle and Wood will headed to Wakefield helping them to consecutive fifth place finishes in 2017 and 2018 but in 2019 they needed a last game of the season win over London Broncos to avoid relegation.

That wasn’t the only time he came close to the drop with the Giants playing in the Middle 8s in 2016.

Speaking to Serious About Rugby League, Wood opened up on his thoughts on what was a very controversial structure for Super League and what it was like playing with his “job on the line.”

“It was quite a strange time to be playing when your job is on the line,” He said.

“I suppose it did cause a lot of stress on the fulltime players but we knew the rules before the season started and it gave a fair chance to part time teams,

“But when you realised you were in the middle 8s, it was quite stressful especially when it comes down to contracts being void and not being contracted for next year.

“We knew the rules when we started.”

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