HUDDERSFIELD Giants coach Paul Anderson says Academy graduate Jared Simpson has given him an unexpected “headache” – for all the right reasons.
The teenage full-back, 19, hopes to retain his place against Warrington Wolves on Sunday having made a brilliant try-scoring debut in last weekend’s defeat to Wigan Warriors when he also earned man-of-the-match.
However, Scott Grix, the Ireland international, is available once more after serving a one-game ban and Anderson must decide whether to recall the long-serving 31-year-old.
“At one end you’ve got the young player that’s had a dream debut and on the other you have a player who has masses amounts of experience in big games,” he said.
“There is definitely a dilemma there. He’s caused me a headache for when Scott comes back.
“People either sink or swim and we had one in Jared at the weekend who definitely got his head above the water and started swimming – he had an opportunity and he took it.
“I’m definitely pleased with his first couple of involvements when he scored the try and made a big break.
“I’ve had my concerns because of his physicality but he showed against Wigan, one of the most physical sides in the competition, what he was capable of doing.
“We’re not getting carried away, we’ve just got to make sure when he gets the opportunity he’ll do it again.”
Grix’s availability is a rare plus for Anderson who has lost Josh Johnson to a lengthening injury list ahead of a crucial game against Warrington who are eyeing their fourth place.
“In my time at the club it’s probably the thinnest we’ve been in regards to troops,” said the coach, who joined at the end of 2006 initially as assistant.
“They’re all joint issues; there’s no training injuries or pulls. It’s the first time we’ve been challenged like this and sometimes people need that challenge, as Jared showed last week.
“We’ve picked one or two more injuries up so we’re down to the bones. But, one person’s misfortune is another person’s opportunity, so somebody else will get an opportunity come Sunday.
“We won at Warrington earlier in the year when we worked hard, stayed very patient throughout –and got some rewards.”