04th July 2017


Andy Kelly discusses the Senior Academy’s 14-32 defeat to Warrrington

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Huddersfield Giants U19’s succumbed to a 14-32 loss against Warrington Wolves at Lockwood Park on Saturday 1st July.

It was the Academy’s third defeat in their last four matches and although Kelly admits that he is disappointed with the results, the development that the players are making is something to be pleased with:

“In terms of results we’ve been disappointing. If that’s all you see then that’s where you’re at. We’re probably looking like a mid-table side. But I think you have to look a bit further; within every Academy there’s players developing and you start identifying Super League players.

“Testimony to that is the young players in Rick Stone’s squad. Darnell McIntosh, for example, scored a spectacular try in the first-team’s defeat to Salford and it shows how much potential he has going forward.

“He still has a lot of development but it’s ongoing. Even as a senior player you have to keep on developing but I think we’re on to the right track in his stage of the journey. There’s a whole number of players like that: Matty English and Izaac Farrell have signed contracts. There’s also a couple of hopefuls amongst their age group.”

Next up for the Academy side is a trip to the North East against Newcastle Thunder on Sunday 9th July, a side which Huddersfield beat 44-16 at the end of April. Kelly added:

“The boys go on a journey to Newcastle on Sunday, again it’s a little bit of a challenge. They’ve not had too many victorious days but one came recently against Wakefield up there. You would have to guess that Wakefield underestimated how much Newcastle had developed over the last 24/36/48 months. At some point they were going to get that win and it marks a warning to our boys that we have to prepare properly for each game.

“It’s a long journey, around 3-4 hours long. You have to get the food right on the morning and when its kick off time you have to be mentally right. If you get that wrong then you could be one of those surprise results.”


Heikki Kovalainen





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