Super League: Paul Anderson says Huddersfield have joined elite band
Last Updated: September 2, 2013 8:19pm
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson says the club should be proud of their achievement in finishing top of the Super League table.
The Giants were presented with the Super League leaders shield after romping to a 40-0 victory over Wakefield, which left them three points clear of Warrington with just one round of the regular season left.
Huddersfield last finished top of the league in 1932 and will now seek a first championship since 1962.
They are just the sixth team to have won the Shield and Anderson said: "To me, it feels like we've just won another game, but I know what this means to this club and this group of players.
"We've just joined an elite band of clubs to have completed this achievement. We've done what half the competition haven't, and it's the first time for 80 years for this club, so it's a proud achievement.
"A lot of players in this group have never won anything but now they can tick a box in their CV."
Huddersfield were easy winners over a Wakefield team who sold influential playmaker Tim Smith to Salford 48 hours before the match in an attempt to ease their financial difficulties.
Anderson said: "I thought it was a real poor game. Wakefield came with a plan to slow things down.
"But they had the guts ripped out of them by losing their talisman and I can't imagine how Rich (Agar, coach) feels about losing his main playmaker two days before the game."
Agar said: "Salford have directly contacted three or four of our players and we notified the league about it. It's disappointing, there are ways and means of doing things.
"We didn't have the ideal preparation. I sat the players down yesterday and told them Timmy had been sold to pay the wages. I sensed a very quiet dressing room before kick-off.
"It's been a difficult few days to say the least. The problems started to emerge two months ago but the true extent of them have come out in the last couple of weeks.
"I still don't think I'm aware of everything but I have a lot of respect for (new chairman) Michael Carter and he'll tell us where we're at.
"I am not afraid of a challenge. It's quite apparent that the club is in a bit of trouble and to get this club surviving is the most important thing."