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Super League coach confirms “interest” in “quality player” from Super League rivals

Hull FC head coach Tony Smith with Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson

There have been reports today from Rugby League Live that Huddersfield Giants are interested in Castleford Tigers stalwart Adam Milner.

There appears to be a real interest from Giants coach Ian Watson in the hooker/loose forward.

This is because, when asked about Milner in his pre-match press conference, Watson underlined his interest in the player.

“Yeah, he’s a decent player and has played in Grand Finals,” Watson said.

“We are in a position where we lost a number nine late last year and we recruited them kind of guys for this year.

“Going forward having an English nine who can add to the quality of the squad and bring on players and develop those younger players onto a better level.

“So whenever a quality player becomes available you are interested.

“So I wouldn’t say I’m not interested, I am definitely interested and I am going to have a look at it.

“He’s English, he’s a competitor, he has enthusiasm and is very similar to Ash Golding so it is a no brainer from us and we want to continue to build the team in the right way.”

He also spoke about the club’s approach to retention:

“They will be, there will always be some tough conversations. It is about having the right leaders, the right balance of youth and experience and getting that right as well.

“We don’t want to have to much experience.

“What we need to do is not stop the development of younger players coming through as well and we will bring them through but in some areas we will have to strengthen.

“We have spoken about it as a team and as a club about where we want to get to.

“We want to build the club the right way and build our own legacy in the right way.”

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