Huddersfield Giants have confirmed head coach Simon Woolford has left the Betfred Super League club with immediate effect.

It had been announced earlier this week that Woolford would be leaving the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of the 2020 season, but that has now been brought forward.

Woolford originally took charge of the Giants back in 2018 following the sacking of Rick Stone and he successfully retained the club’s Super League status during his first season, while also attracting stars such as Akuila Uate and Aidan Sezer to the club.

The Australian then guided Huddersfield to a 10th-place finish last term and they currently sit eighth in this season’s Betfred Super League standings.

However, the Giants have lost all five of their matches since the season resumed last month and Friday’s 13-12 defeat to Leeds Rhinos (14/1 – Grand Final Winner) has proven to be Woolford’s final game in charge, with the club’s managing director Richard Thewlis confirming it was a mutual decision to part ways early.

“We both agreed this is best for both parties,” Thewlis told the club website.

“I would like to pay tribute to Simon for his professionalism and realisation of the situation once it was known he wasn’t seeking an extension and everyone here wishes him and his family every success in the future.”

Former Giants hooker Luke Robinson will take charge of first-team affairs with immediate effect, with Kim Williams acting as his assistant and Andy Kelly working as football manager.

The new-look coaching team’s first match in charge will be Thursday’s Betfred Super League clash with Wakefield Trinity at the John Smith’s (Match Winner – Wakefield 9/4, Huddersfield 2/5, Tie 25/1).

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Huddersfield Giants have confirmed head coach Simon Woolford has left the Betfred Super League club with immediate effect. It had been announced earlier this week that Woolford would be leaving the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of the 2020 season, but that has now been brought forward. Woolford originally took...