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Anderson explains wing choice

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson opted to stay 'loyal' to Aaron Murphy by selecting him over new signing Jodie Broughton for their season-opener at Wigan.

The Giants brought in flyer Broughton from Salford during the close-season although he was given a watching brief as last season's League Leaders' Shield winners claimed a 24-8 success over the champions.

Murphy was given the nod along with Jermaine McGillvary, who helped himself to a hat-trick at the DW Stadium as the Giants laid down an early marker on the new campaign.

Along with Broughton the club also have youngster Ben Blackmore waiting in the wings, but for now Anderson insists Murphy got the nod against the Warriors out of loyalty.

"Who plays on the wing is one of the tough calls we're having to make," Anderson told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

"We've now got four good wingers who are more than capable of doing a good job for us at Super League level. Jerry and Aaron showed that against Wigan, and I know Jodie and Ben will do just as well when they get their chance.

Tough call

"It was a tough call for the opener, and I know one or two might have expected Jodie to have got the nod over Aaron.

"But one of the reasons we went for Aaron was out of loyalty. He's a very good player and was great for us all last season when we finished top.

"Jodie was obviously made well aware of that fact, and he knows his time will come and what we expect from him in the future. He's got at least four years here, so he knows it really is just a matter of time.

"In the case of Ben, it's just a case of being patient. He's already developing into a winger with a huge amount of potential.

"It's just a lack of experience in some of the bigger games that's holding him back at the moment."