Huddersfield Giants have appointed Ian Watson as head coach on a three-year deal from December 1st.
Watson joins boasting a coaching career that has seen him achieve a Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final appearance in the last year with Salford Red Devils, and a call up in 2019 to assist then Great Britain Lions Coach, Wayne Bennett as part of his coaching staff.
Reacting to the news, he said: “I was attracted to the potential of the club. Everything about it screams Top Four; the stadium, the youth academy with the kids that can be brought through & the owner of the club who has proven over time that he wants to win and he’s backed the club in his pursuit of success.”
“My short term aims are to ensure the club moves to the right side of the table.
“As I have said, everything about this club screams Top Four, and the longer-term aims for the club have to be challenging the top teams in Super League.
“The footing the club has with the youth coming through, the location of the club and the owner means that it’s set up to do that.”
Giants Chairman Ken Davy added: “It is a long time since I have felt so excited about a Huddersfield Giants announcement and I am absolutely delighted that Ian Watson has chosen the Giants to be his club for the foreseeable future.
“We have all seen the way that he has built his previous team into genuine trophy contenders, with two major finals appearances in the last year.
“For Ian to choose the Giants to be his next club speaks volumes for where we are at the moment and his belief in what we can achieve together. “