Giants turn to Stone


Huddersfield Giants have appointed former Newcastle Knights head coach Rick Stone as the man to replace Paul Anderson.

The Super League side sacked Anderson in June after four years in charge following a disappointing start to the 2016 campaign, with youth coach Andy Kelly taking temporary charge.

Stone has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Giants - who are six points adrift of the top eight - and will be in place for this weekend's clash against St Helens.

"In Rick Stone we believe we have an outstanding head coach who fits the bill superbly for what we at the Giants want," said managing director Richard Thewlis.

"He has head coach experience at NRL and international level [with Fiji] and his CV is outstanding in the way he has worked his way to the very top of his profession with many successes along the way. 

"We are convinced he is the right man to take us forward. We face a huge battle in the remaining nine games of the season and he is aware of that. 

"It would be wrong to talk now about any further down the line as our focus has to be on 2016."

Stone is relishing the chance to get back involved at club level after being out of work since being dismissed by the Knights in July 2015.

"I'm delighted to get the opportunity at Huddersfield Giants - simply delighted," he said. "I have had a short period out of the full-time game, probably my first for around 25 years and I'm very keen to get back into the coaching arena. 

"Top jobs such as this one don't come around very often so yes I'm ready to go and really can't get there quick enough.

"I know the club has some very short-term goals in terms of wins needed in whatever league structure we end up in after 23 rounds but I've always believed that results tend to take care of themselves if you work hard, prepare well and commit to your team-mates which are key parts of my coaching style."