Picture It contained two outstanding candidates for try of the season but the most pleasing aspect of Huddersfield’s impressive win over St Helens at the weekend was the make-up of their team.

The high-flying Giants have fielded just one overseas player in their 17-man squad for each of their last two matches and by some distance are the Super League team with the least reliance on imports.

Even St Helens, who have a proud and enviable record of producing their own talent, included three overseas players in their injury-decimated squad for the game at the Galpharm Stadium.

Huddersfield have long since adopted a “best of British” policy which has dove-tailed nicely with the Rugby Football League’s tightening of the overseas quota.

The game’s governing body introduced a “club-trained” rule in 2008 to force Super League outfits to give opportunities to more home-grown talent, with a view to enlarging the player pool available for the England team, and the Giants have been particularly pro-active.

“We have had a policy of British where possible for five or six years,” said Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis.

“Had we been more overseas-based say between 2005 and 2007, the restrictions could have been a problem but, when Jon Sharp was coach at the club, we made a conscious decision to target the young players at other clubs who were on the fringe of international honours.

“That formed the basis of our recruitment policy and it has really carried on from there.”

Wigan were a rich source of the Giants’ initial recruitment – Stephen Wild, Martin Aspinwall, Kevin Brown, Luke Robinson and David Hodgson all made their names with the Warriors.

But the club’s recent development work on their own doorstep is now reaping rewards, with Saturday’s line-up including four Huddersfield born-and-bred players, two of whom went on England’s Four Nations tour to Australia and New Zealand last autumn.

Eorl Crabtree and Leroy Cudjoe are among four Huddersfield players in England coach Steve McNamara’s 32-strong elite training squad while fellow “locals” Jermaine McGillvary and Michael Lawrence are among five club representatives in the England Knights party.

The Huddersfield squad is in fact bulging at the seams, with eight British players currently either on loan or playing on a dual registration with Championship clubs.

Jamie Cording, Gregg McNally, Jon Molloy, Kyle Wood, Elliott Hodgson, Jacob Fairbank, Adam Walker and Keal Carlile are following a path trodden successfully by McGillvary and more recently Joe Wardle, who scored his first Super League try in the 40-18 win over St Helens.

Not that the Giants are completely against the use of overseas players. They had New Zealander David Faiumu in their line-up against Saints, while Luke O’Donnell, David Fa’algo and Jamie Simpson were on the sidelines carrying injuries.

They were also known to have made a play for Willie Mason in the close season before he opted to join Hull KR and, while subsequent events surrounding the controversial Australian might have prompted a certain amount of smug satisfaction at the Galpharm, Huddersfield accept such high-profile signings add a touch of colour and excitement to Super League.

It is a matter of finding the right balance and concentrating on the imports who add value to the competition.

“Rugby league supporters really enjoy the overseas players at their clubs, both for their abilities on the field and the community work they undertake,” added Thewlis. “We take them into our hearts.”