Diversity benefits Giants

Paul Clough believes Huddersfield’s diverse pack has played a key role in their early-season success.

The Giants boast a record of five wins in six games so far this season and they have shown significant improvement on last year’s performances, which saw them almost relegated.

Complementing the industrious Clough is the go-forward of James Gavet, Suaia Matagi’s explosiveness and the all-action Kenny Edwards.

And despite the Giants’ pack boasting different styles and backgrounds, Clough believes all the players have complemented each other so far.

“I’ve been really lucky to play alongside some great players and this certainly is true at the Giants this year,” he said.

“Our diversity within the pack helps to complement our different playing styles and in turn has really helped us get off to a good start this year. We have a good mix of size and strength, as well as skill and players who can play very long minutes.

“The success of the pack coincides strongly with the wider success of the team. We are all playing better as a collective and it is amazing to see the effort and determination displayed by everyone.

“Seeing your team-mates work hard and show such drive inspires all the players. There has been a real emphasis on fine-tuning the smaller details, which has added up to larger successes and it’s great to see.”
Clough has joined many of his peers by admitting he is in the dark over his future, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Many players across the competition find themselves in the same boat, despite technically being free to speak to clubs from this Friday, May 1st.

“It doesn’t feel like the right time now to be discussing contracts, with everything that is going on,” Clough said.

“The most important thing is to get through this difficult period and take each day as it comes. Of course I would love to keep playing – that’s a given. Huddersfield is a great club and they have been very good to me. It feels like we are in a really exciting place, so I would love to carry on playing for the club and help to contribute to its success.”