Giant Crabtree extends deal

Huddersfield Giants are delighted to announce that Eorl Crabtree has signed a new three-year contract keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010 season.

The 6 foot 5 inch, 18 stone forward was delighted to commit his future to the club:

“I love this club, so why would I want to leave? I’m flattered when I’m linked with other clubs, but that’s as far as it goes. This is my seventh season at the Giants, and this is the best it’s ever been. I know it’s going to get even bigger and better here in the years ahead, and I’m absolutely delighted I’m going to be a part of it. The camaraderie is brilliant.”

And the 24-year-old former Underbank and Huddersfield YMCA junior added:

“I’ve always been proud to play for my hometown club, and I’m proud of what the Giants are achieving in Super League right now. That certainly made my decision to stay so much easier.”

Giants Head Coach Jon Sharp said: "It is a statement of intent from this club in keeping hold of its best players. It sends out a signal to our fans that we are keen on building and progressing and have ambitions to become one of the big clubs and Eorl is an integral part of those plans.

"He is playing extremely well and we have certainly seen an improvement in him this year. Facets of his game that weren’t quite there previously have improved. Our whole pack is in really good form."

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis added:

"I am sure that Eorl’s contract extension will be viewed positively by everyone at the club and indeed in the game in general. There has been some wildly inaccurate reporting of his situation, which can now be clarified, with the announcement of an extended three-year contract until the end of the 2010 season.

“Throughout the negotiation process Eorl has conducted himself in an exemplary manner and made it perfectly clear that he was happy at Huddersfield and wanted to stay here and be part of the exciting team that we have assembled.  The rumours circulating in some quarters have not distracted him from his job nor did they us as we have absolute confidence in Eorl and look forward to many more years of watching him in a Claret and Gold shirt. He is a Huddersfield lad through and through and shares my view that we on the verge of a very special time here at the Giants.”

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