Ian Watson believes centre Leroy Cudjoe will remain with Huddersfield and play on in 2023 following his hat-trick performance against Hull KR.
Cudjoe crossed for his first try of the season on 29 minutes at Craven Park, before completing his hat-trick in a dominant second-half performance from Huddersfield. Watson’s side went on to claim a 38-10 victory over opponents Hull KR.
Following his man-of-the-match performance, Watson admitted that he wants to re-sign Cudjoe, who remains off-contract beyond 2022.
Watson joked about Cudjoe: “He will probably go in tomorrow and ask for a new deal.
“I don’t think Leroy’s a problem. We want to keep Leroy, we’ve told Leroy we want to keep him. There’s kind of no pressure from Leroy’s side or from our side.
“We just need to get it sorted out and get it done. Leroy will be playing with us next year.”
Leroy Cudjoe keen to play on in 2023
Cudjoe previously told Love Rugby League of his desires to continue playing in 2023. Currently in his 18th season with his hometown club, the 10-time England international admitted that he wanted to earn a new contract extension for next season.
He said earlier in January: “I have no plans to retire. Physically and mentally I feel really good. I will see how I go this year performance wise.
“My goals are to perform well enough to earn a spot in the team every week and to earn another deal.”
Huddersfield claimed their sixth Super League win in a row following their victory over Tony Smith’s side.
It was a slow start for the visitors, as full-back Tui Lolohea opened the game kicking out on the full, for the hosts to capitalise and score through Matt Parcell with their first set.
However, 28 second-half points saw the Giants claim their 11th win of the season. Further tries came from Luke Yates, Ricky Leutele, Will Pryce and Jermaine McGillvary, with Pryce kicking five conversions.