Huddersfield Giants back Innes Senior has said the club are aiming to get into the top five this season.
Despite flirting with potential relegation in 2019, needing a final day victory over Catalans to survive, the Giants were only four wins off the playoff places.
In an exclusive chat to Serious About RL, Senior believes Salford’s heroics in reaching the Super League Grand Final can act as inspiration for them heading into 2020.
“We are definitely aiming for the top five,” he said. “We don’t think it’s that out of reach. We saw what Salford did last season with their squad, and it has given us a bit of inspiration.
“Anyone can get up there and that’s what Salford proved last year, that’s what we’re aiming for. If we can get as far as the finals, that would be great, but we are aiming for the top five.”
Huddersfield have struggled somewhat in recent years, with their 2013 League Leaders’ Shield triumph the only highlight of a disappointing decade.
But in possibly the most open Super League season to date, Senior believes the club’s new additions can help them be the surprise package of 2020.
“The new signings have all got loud voices,” he said. “You can tell they are all leaders as well. It’s been good for them to bring their experience from other clubs, they’re all really good players.
“They’ve all brought something new and been talking up about things we can do better and it’s good to have an outside view on that sort of thing. There are things we might not have noticed because we’ve been there for so long.”
The Giants have already signed Aidan Sezar, Kenny Edwards, James Gavet, Ashton Golding and Owen Trout ahead of the new season.
Senior was also keen to stress that the team may take time to gel but are working hard in training to improve combinations and set plays.
“I think we are already in a better place, but it’ll be hard to tell until we get into games how its really getting on.
“We’ve only been training so far, after those pre-season games, we’ll know where we are at but I’m more confident in this side to do better this year.”
On a personal note, Senior is looking to nail down a permanent spot on the wing for the Giants after breaking into the team for a sustained period in 2019.
“If I can get more than 17 games, push on and try and force my way into that side, then I’ll be happy.
“I’ve just got to make sure that when I come in, I play well in my spot and I keep it.”
The Giants will open their Super League campaign on 1st February at Catalans Dragons.