LOOKING BACK TO LAST WEEKEND'S GAME AGAINST BOTTOM TEAM HALIFAX, WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF? THE TEAM APPEARED TO BE IN A COMFORT ZONE.We confirmed the old adage about disrespecting opponents, unfortunately we were guilty of that and we presented Halifax with sufficient ball and field position to score 18 points against us. They deserved to be credited for their efforts and their ability to do that to us at Wilderspool.TWO GAMES LEFT TO GO AND THE PRESSURE FOR TOP 6 HAS MOVED FROM SIX TEAMS TO THREE LONDON, HULL AND OURSELVES. TELETEXT HAS US DOWN TO FINISH 7TH. WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?Mathematically it could still go down to the 80th minute of the 28th game; the bottom line is if you lose you have gone. It is a great advert for the game and should give everyone involved in Rugby League great hope for the future. All of the six sides that take a play-off place actually have the ability to win it.WE TAKE ON HUDDERSFIELD THIS WEEKEND, A TEAM THAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A VERY PHYSICAL TEAM IN THE PRESS THIS WEEK. DO YOU THINK THEIR STYLE OF PLAY IS DIFFERENT TO THE OTHER SUPER LEAGUE CLUBS?I have rated Huddersfield all season based on my observations from the previous year in the then Northern Ford and from our first encounter of Round 1 of Super League this year. They are an efficient and well-structured unit who have learnt how to win games without they're two most creative players in Brandon Costin and Stanley Gene. We expect a committed and professional effort from the Giants just as we would from any side fighting for its life to achieve a Top 6 finish.THE FANS ARE CALLING FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ON RE-SIGNINGS AND NEW SIGNINGS, AFTER PRESS SPECULATION ABOUT SOME OF OUR PLAYERS AND OTHER CLUBS, I.E. GRAHAM APPO AND ST. HELENS WHEN WILL YOU BE READY TO ANNOUNCE THE 2004 SQUAD?The season ticket holders demand full concentration for what they have paid for this year, it requires our full focus to finish this season in the highest position possible. Anyone or anything to prevent us from achieving our goal of a Top 6 finish will not distract us. The vast majority of our recruitment work for 2004 is done and we will announce the relevant details at the relevant time.DEAN GASKELL SCORED HIS FIRST TRY LAST WEEKEND AFTER WHAT SEEMS AN ENTIRITY. HOW IMPORTANT IS DEAN TO THE TEAM AND DO YOU SEE HIM AS A FUTURE INTERNATIONAL?Dean has done exceptionally well to recover from a serious ankle operation in the pre-season to force his way into the starting 13; his confidence grows with every game. He learns very quickly from his mistakes and has serious ambitions to progress his career to the highest level. He is at 20, one of the best trainers that I have ever come across; he is sending all the right signals.
11, Sep, 2003