Giants head coach turned down NRL offers as a player

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has praised his overseas imports after revealing he turned down numerous offers to play in the NRL.

The former St Helens, Bradford and Great Britain star spent the entirety of his career in Super League despite interest from Down Under.

And the Giants chief believes all foreign recruits deserve applauding for making the switch, including his two latest arrivals, Ryan Hinchcliffe and Sam Rapira.

“I tip my hat to them,” said Anderson.

“I had one or two opportunities as a player. It was never the right time, I was either too young or too old. You can’t live on regrets though, can you?

“Any overseas player that comes from Australia, Tonga or New Zealand and brings their families to the other side of the world deserves huge credit, because it isn’t an easy thing to do. They have to embrace it here and the cold too. But so far both Ryan and Sam are fitting in real well.

“Ryan has been doing a few things with the boys. He’s been out for a few feeds with Broughy and one or two others, and it’s helping him settle.”