Magic Weekend 2022: Ashton Golding happy as Huddersfield Giants man for all positions | rugby league news

Ashton Golding and his Huddersfield teammates kick off the second day of this year’s Betfred Super League Magic Weekend against the Salford Red Devils; watch all six games from St James’ Park in Newcastle live on Sky Sports on Saturday and Sunday

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Ashton Golding has agreed to take on a more varied role with Huddersfield in 2022

In any team sport, the label ‘utility player’ can often be seen as little more than a backhanded compliment.

However, he tries to say that to Ashton Golding. Although he made a name for himself as a fullback, the 25-year-old has taken on a new role with the Huddersfield Giants in 2022 that has seen him take up a variety of positions from the trade bench.

The emergence of Tui Lolohea, currently alongside Jai Field in the Betfred Super League Man of Steel rankings, as the Giants’ fullback this season would have kept Golding out of the picture. However, he couldn’t be happier to be asked to fill various positions when needed.

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“I love it,” said Golding, now in his third season at Huddersfield. sky sports. “You see things more from a different perspective, so you understand a little more why people make certain decisions.

“So when you play against them, you understand why the hooker is thinking that and you understand what you can do to make him think. You can manipulate other players in the opposition because you’ve played there, so it’s useful to play every position.

“It’s hard in preparation and it probably makes my training a little bit more difficult because you don’t know, you can only play in one place, so you have to prepare for four positions every week.

“But it’s great, I love it. It’s me as a player; I’m an athlete, I’m a rugby player and it works together in that sense.”

Kyle Amor says Ash Golding's kicks are pure magic, but he doubts the Huddersfield Giants want him to kick these kicks in a match!

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Kyle Amor says Ash Golding’s kicks are pure magic, but he doubts the Huddersfield Giants want him to kick these kicks in a match!

Kyle Amor says Ash Golding’s kicks are pure magic, but he doubts the Huddersfield Giants want him to kick these kicks in a match!

Golding is not the only Super League player who has enjoyed playing multiple positions. Stefan Ratchford’s ability to play almost any position on the pitch has been much appreciated by Warrington Wolves during his 10 years with the club, while St Helens’ rising star Jack Welsby took on multiple roles as he prepared to succeed Lachlan Coote. as a side this year.

One sign of how well the Jamaican international has adapted is shown in his GPS stats from the current season, where he led the Super League in both distance covered and intensity going into Round 17, and those are numbers he follows from close. .

“You have to stay in shape and every year you get older, and I like to think that I can still compete with the younger version of myself and still be relevant,” Golding said.

“For me as a player and the game I play now, it’s very important that I keep all my tools sharp because I don’t know where I’m going to play. Being able to play everywhere is kind of a blessing.”

I’m lovin ‘it. You see things more from a different perspective, so you understand a little more why people make certain decisions.

Ashton Golding on his varied role in Huddersfield

“The stats are good, but I’d sacrifice them for two points in the league every day of the week. It’s nice to see, but it’s also what it is.”

Golding has always had a determination to keep improving in terms of his performance levels, with the guidance of Huddersfield head of strength and conditioning Greg Brown proving particularly invaluable.

In fact, his approach is now much more personalized compared to his early days when he was rising through the ranks at former club Leeds Rhinos.

“I’ve always enjoyed my fitness, that’s who I am as a player and that’s how my contract was threatened when I was at Leeds because I was running to training and stuff,” Golding said.

Ashton Golding is feeling the benefits of Huddersfield's training program

Ashton Golding is feeling the benefits of Huddersfield’s training program

“I used to run 15 miles on Monday nights and play rugby. It helped me relax and I never thought about the physical damage I was doing, I just ran.”

“But now I’m older and a little bit smarter, and doing it at the right times under the guidance of the conditioning staff at the end of my career at Leeds and building my career at Huddersfield. It’s really smart the way we train and I just It has benefited me, understanding my body more.

“That’s the biggest thing I’ve ever had to understand. I like to think I can beat anybody at anything, I’m a competitor, but sometimes you need to rest, and those stats probably reflect the work my teammates are doing.” .”

No doubt his Giants team-mates have also enjoyed a good season as Huddersfield sit fourth in the Super League heading into Sunday’s Magic Weekend clash with the Salford Red Devils, even with a loss by 26-18 against the Castleford Tigers last Friday that ended a run. of six consecutive victories in the competition.

Highlights from the Super League clash between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

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Highlights from the Super League clash between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

Highlights from the Super League clash between Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

Golding puts being among the high-flyers in the competition and the race to this year’s Betfred Challenge Cup final, where a late try from Liam Marshall denied them victory over the Wigan Warriors, until the ‘first the team” instilled by head coach Ian Watson, and is delighted to see the progress off the field at John Smith’s Stadium as well.

“Everyone has the same mindset and when you get a jersey or when you do something, you like to put it in a better position,” Golding said.

“From certain people coming in until now, it’s going in the right direction. It’s not based on performance, the background and the actual infrastructure at Huddersfield Giants is going in the right direction.”

“That, for me, is gratifying, from when I got here until now, to see how professionalism and things like that are so ingrained throughout the club.”

Huddersfield kicks off the second day of this year’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle against Salford on Sunday 10th July (1pm kick-off). Watch that match and the other five games from this year’s event at St James’ Park live on Sky Sports.

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