Simon Woolford expects to leave Huddersfield at the end of the season

Simon Woolford has confirmed that he expects to leave Huddersfield Giants at the end of the season.

The Australian, who joined the club midway through 2018, is off-contract at the end of the current campaign. Recent reports have linked him with a return to Australia and when asked about his future, Woolford said it was unlikely he would remain with the Giants next season, while hinting that he would like to extend his stay.

“At this stage, if I were a betting man, I would probably say I’ll be going home.

“When I took this job I anticipated it being a three to four-year job. I have been here just over two years now and I feel like we’ve made a lot of inroads with our squad.

“We’ve had to make a lot of changes over the last couple of years. I think when I first got here it was pretty dire, the club was looking at relegation but we had a nice run of games, although last year we were cut down by injury.

“But if you have a look at our squad now, all things being equal it’s a squad that can compete for trophies.

“There is still a little work to do, no doubt about it, I think we are about three-quarters of the way through and I would like to finish it. But at this stage, if I were a betting man, I’d bet that won’t be the case.”

“But funnier things have happened,” he continued. I’d like to finish the job I started; that would be my preference, but at this stage I’ve just got to put my head down.”

Under Woolford’s watch, the Giants went on a remarkable run of form that saw them steer clear of relegation in 2018.

Last year saw the club back in the relegation battle, however, though they enjoyed a strong start to the 2020 season, notably beating Super League champions St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium, before the season was suspended.