Kelly hints he may still be in charge of Huddersfield next week

Interim Huddersfield Giants coach Andy Kelly has suggested he may still be in charge of the first team for next weekend’s trip to Hull KR.

Kelly’s side beat Hull FC 22-12 on Thursday night to keep alive their faint hopes of the top eight in 2016 thanks to a performance inspired by the Hull-bound Jake Connor.

The England Academy coach hinted earlier in the week this game could have been his last in charge, but he appeared to suggest otherwise in his post-match press conference on Thursday.

“At the moment, no,” when asked if the situation was the same as earlier in the week.

“I’m working with the club and as it stands I’m planning for Hull KR. It’s my understanding I’ll still be in charge for that and when the club are ready to relinquish me of my duties they’ll say.”

Huddersfield’s clash with KR is on the 8th of July – 24 hours before Kelly is due to fly out to Australia to coach the England Academy side.

Kelly also reserved praised for Connor following a superb performance at fullback, saying: “Jake was outstanding. He’s a very talented player and although it’s disappointing further down the line, he stepped in at fullback tonight and showed some great capabilities.

“The younger players stood up really well and I thought the team worked really hard as a whole.”