“Able” Kane wins Naylor plaudits

Date published: Thursday, January 8, 2015
SCOTT Naylor has lauded the “excellent” work of the latest addition to his backroom team — Kane Daniels.
Daniels (23) succeeds Mike Hughes as Oldham RL Club’s head of strength and conditioning, while retaining his full-time appointment at Huddersfield Giants where he is responsible for the physical well-being of more than 50 young players in the Super League club’s academy.
Although his Whitebank appointment is a direct spin-off of Oldham’s dual-registration partnership with Huddersfield, Daniels will work part-time for the League One club on a contract negotiated with Roughyeds and paid by them.
Said Naylor: “Kane has come to us with a Super League background and with new ideas and methods.
“Mike Hughes has left to go to Australia, but we have an excellent replacement in Kane, whose gym and general conditioning sessions are very different to anything we’ve done previously.
“He is very professional and everything he does with the squad is well organised and well run.
“I’ve seen a huge difference in the squad’s fitness levels during the time Kane has been with us.”
Club captain Lewis Palfrey also spoke highly of Daniels, while assistant boss Lee Spencer revealed that he and the Giants’ man were working in close partnership on the fitness and conditioning programme, thus freeing up head coach Naylor to concentrate on football matters.
Daniels joined Huddersfield in 2013 and is now the club’s head of strength and conditioning at academy level, looking after players from under-15s through to under-19s.
He’s a graduate in sport and exercise science from Leeds Beckett University and he has also studied similar disciplines from Victoria University in Melbourne. While in Australia, he worked in the AFL.

His work with the Giants’ elite youngsters takes in nutrition, conditioning, gym sessions, speed, agility and rehabilitation.

Said Kane: “I aim to equip the next generation of Giants players with the athletic attributes required to excel in Super League rugby.

“At Oldham my brief is to help the club to win promotion and to that end I want to see Roughyeds with the best physically equipped squad in the division by creating strong, explosive, robust athletes with high levels of rugby- specific fitness capacities”.