Paul Anderson outlines his plans for Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 21/02/13 8:04am
Paul Anderson has challenged his Huddersfield Giants to forget the past and start a new legacy for the club from 2013.
After a disappointing 2012 campaign which saw the club slump from first in Super League to seventh and fail to make an impact in the play-offs, as well as lose their captain and coach mid-season, new boss Anderson is determined to focus on the future.
"The one thing we want to try to achieve this year as a club, coaches and players is to create our own story and build our own legacy," he told Boots 'n' All.
"We've got to move on. What's happened in the past has gone. Now you'll just hear about Huddersfield Giants 2013 and beyond.
"We build our own story by taking each week as it comes. We want to build a good day of practice, which turns into a good week and hopefully a good result at the end of it. If you keep putting good days together you get good weeks and you get good performances.
"The other key is everybody knows their individual roles and does it to their best of their ability. And if they can't do that then there's plenty of other people in our squad that want to play."
The Giants have got the New Year off to the perfect start; wins over St Helens, London and Wigan have placed them top of the Super League table with the only 100% record in the division.
Long way to go
However, Anderson is not getting carried away, despite his side's impressive start.
"It could have quite easily have been a worse start for us but we've taken the opportunities in front us," he said.
"One of the key things of what we're trying to do is be nice and direct but we have a lot of skill amongst our group as well. We have to try and earn the right to play first though, and that comes from our big fellas getting us forward.
"There are 27 hurdles in this race to get you into the final furlong. We're only coming up on the fourth hurdle. I imagine there will be some slips along the way but if come the end of the year I'm sat here smiling I'll be happy."
Anderson believes another key factor in the Giants' good start to 2013 is the fact players and coaches alike have assured futures at the club and thereby can focus solely on their performance for his side.
"We've got a lot of stability around the place now; we've got very few people off contracts, with regards to players and all staff, including coaching and medical are on long term deals," he said.
"There's a hell of a lot more stability in the club than there was this time last year. I probably played my part in a lot of instability in hiring and firing but that's the nature of it."