Giant Crabtree granted testimonial

James Gordon

Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree has been granted a testimonial by the RFL after signing a new five-year contract extension.

Crabtree, 26, is now committed to the club until 2015 and will enjoy a testimonial year for ten years service from December 2009 to November 2010.

He said: “As a native of Huddersfield, I have always been proud to represent the Giants, especially through an era when they have progressed from National League One to become a force in the engage Super League.

“The club is now challenging for Grand Final and Challenge Cup honours, playing in a world class stadium in front of growing crowds.

“At a time when I have gained full international honours and approaching my prime as a prop forward, I have had no hesitation committing myself to the Giants for the next six years.

“To be granted an Testimonial by The RFL at the same time as pledging virtually the rest of my career to the Giants amplifies my personal passion for the Club.

“My Testimonial, under the Chairmanship of my first professional coach, former Huddersfield player Brian Blacker, is being designed to provide a wide range of events for the Giants fans and will kick off on 1st December with a major event at Huddersfield Town Hall.”

Crabtree made his England debut in June’s friendly win over France and Head Coach Nathan Brown was delighted to secure him on a long-term deal.

He said: “It’s great news for the Giants, Eorl has had a great year and he is making a big impact for the team not only on the field but off the field as well. Being a local player and well recognised in the community, it is good for the Club going forward. He is also a good person, which is important too.”

“It shows that there is loyalty in the game by staying at one Club and he has stayed at this Club through some tough times. That reward is good for Eorl and hopefully he will now see a lot better times ahead.”

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said: “Eorl Crabtree is a role model to all young Huddersfield sportsmen. He has been a huge part of our Club for many years and to have him pledge his long term future to his local team is a great boost for us. I sincerely hope that the people of Huddersfield give Eorl every possible support during his testimonial year as there is no doubt whatsoever that his commitment to this club has been enormous.”