Ian Watson looking for home comforts ahead of reunion with old club Salford

IAN Watson admits he is glad his reunion with Salford is at Huddersfield rather than his home city.

But familiarity can see his new side expose flaws in his old one, even ones not picked up in video reviews.

The Red Devils face the boss that led them to both Super League’s Grand Final and the Challenge Cup final for the first time tomorrow.

Watson’s departure left a sour taste in many fans’ mouths and he is certain to take stick from any that make the trip to West Yorkshire.

And he is thankful this clash is at the John Smith’s Stadium rather than the AJ Bell.

Watson said: “I’m glad it’s at Huddersfield with our fans rather than at Salford with all theirs.

“But I’d probably say I could spot things that video doesn’t.

“More about certain individuals that you know the ins and outs of because I had them and can see their inconsistencies on a weekly basis.

“But the players who play against us will know what I like to do and what I want my team to look like.”

Watson has seen 10 players affected or self-isolating because of Covid-19 cases, including one who has lost about a stone in weight.

Huddersfield were forced to postpone last week’s clash with Wigan, even though he insists they could still have fielded a team.

And he admits any selections for England or the Combined Nations All Stars could place next week’s meeting with Hull in doubt.

But at the forefront of his mind is facing his old club and Salford will not be coming up against a changed coach.

Watson added: “It’s about hard work and attitude, that’s your number one.

“If you’re not willing to work hard and do the tough things, you’re never going to get anywhere in life.

“That’s something I’ve been brought up on, you’ve got to work harder than anybody else, then success will follow on the back end of that.

“My beliefs in being hard working and competitive don’t change because I’ve changed clubs.”

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