Robbie Hunter-Paul believes that 2011 could be the year his old club Huddersfield Giants claim silverware.

After briefly going top of Super League following Friday night’s 29-10 victory over Challenge Cup holders Warrington, the Giants are second in Super League.

And, having finished third in 2009, as well as runners-up in the Challenge Cup, they are getting closer.

“I’ve been tipping them for the last few years. This could be the one,” Hunter-Paul told the Super League Show.

“They are finding great consistency and that’s vital.”

Nathan Brown’s men have been beaten just twice this season in nine matches – by leaders Castleford and champions Wigan.

“They are now very strong at home,” said Hunter-Paul. “And they have learnt how to control games against the big teams.”

One of their star turns this season has been back-row forward Luke O’Donnell, who has been chosen as coach Brian McClennan’s third pick for the Super League Exiles squad to play England at Headingley on 10 June.

O’Donnell joins captain Danny Buderus and vice-captain Thomas Leuluai as automatic selections in the team of NRL-trained overseas stars based in Super League.

“Luke O’Donnell as a massive amount of international experience, having played Origin and international footy in recent years,” said McClennan. “He will add strength to the back row.”

“Luke is probably the buy of the year,” added Giants coach Brown. “He’s a terrific player.”