Thorman admits decision on new Huddersfield Giants coach nearing

Interim Huddersfield coach Chris Thorman admits a decision is close on the identity of the club’s permanent boss moving forward.

Thorman will again lead Huddersfield this weekend, as the Giants head across the Pennines to face Warrington on Friday night.

Speculation has linked Australian Simon Woolford with the vacant role at the John Smith’s Stadium, with it understood the former Canberra hooker is waiting on a visa before the club unveil him as Rick Stone’s replacement. And while Thorman would not be drawn on specific names, he admitted that, after talks with the club’s hierarchy, an announcement could be close.

He said: “We’re nearing a decision and nearing learning about that in the next week or two.

“Having spoke with Richard (Thewlis) and Ken (Davy), we hope it’s the right decision for the club moving forward. Until then, myself, Luke Robinson and Mark Andrews will keep operating how we have been doing and keep trying to get the most out of this group.”

Thorman also admits it is vital the Giants pick the right man to succeed Stone – and in an ideal timeframe, too – insisting Huddersfield’s fate in the Qualifiers is far from being confirmed.

He said: “Once the decision has been made, fine, but we need to make sure we get the right person.

“Obviously if it’s someone from overseas – and there are a few hoops to jump through with visas – then so be it, but once they’ve made the decision, it needs to happen sooner, rather than later.

“There’s a massive chunk of the league season left and if you look at the table.. yes, it’s not pretty reading for us, but the chunk of games we have left, there’s still more than enough games we should be capable of picking up the two points in.”

Thorman has been handed a significant boost on the injury front, too – with key trio Michael Lawrence, Jake Mamo and Lee Gaskell all potentially set to return on Friday.

“Jake has picked up a hamstring niggle that has kept him out for a month longer than anticipated, but we all know what Jake brings to us when he’s fit and firing,” he said of the fullback.

“He brings another dimension to us in attack and defence; he’s trained well in the last few field sessions and he’s really excited – and there’s a bit of a buzz about the group to see him back.”