Following the sacking of Australian Rick Stone in March when the club were sitting in 11th place in the Betfred Super League, Huddersfield Giants have announced the appointment of former Canberra player Simon Woolford – a move that has been strongly rumoured for the past week or so.
He played for twelve years with the Raiders and had fourteen seasons at hooker in the NRL but this is his first head coach job at a top tier club. He was, however, suspended for nine months in 2015 following breaking the window of the coaching box when coaching in the Canberra Rugby League. Later, that was overturned and reduced to a suspended three month sentence.
Speaking of his new role, the 43 year old Australian said “it seemed like a natural fit for me, it seemed like a great opportunity.” He is still awaiting a visa for his move to the northern hemisphere so interim head coach Chris Thorman is likely to stay in charge for next weekend’s fixture against Widnes Vikings.
The Giants currently sit bottom of the Super League table following four losses and a draw in their last five matches, Catalans overtaking them and jumping up from 12th place following their narrow 25-24 victory over Hull FC on Saturday.