The long rumoured departure of Castleford Tigers’ longest serving player has been confirmed with Craig Huby signing for Huddersfield Giants on a four-year deal.
Huby will join Jamie Ellis, Daryl Clark, Weller Hauraki, Lee Gilmour and Dan Fleming in leaving the Mend-A-Hose Jungle at the end of the year.
Speaking of his departure, Huby said: “Firstly I want to thank the club, the fans and Jack Fulton for the memories over the 12 years that I have played at the club, especially this season, with being part of the team at Wembley and the coming play-offs.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision to leave but it’s something I feel I need to do to have a new challenge in my career.
“I will be doing everything I can now to get back to full fitness and get back on that field to help the boys push on in the play-off weeks of the 2014 season.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Craig has been a huge servant to the Tigers for over a decade and while I am disappointed he has decided to leave I understand his reasons for looking for a new challenge.
“As a club we did all we could to persuade Craig to stay including a long term contract offer.
“I know Craig will continue to perform superbly for the remainder of the season as he has done throughout his time at the club.”
Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson commented: “Craig is having a stellar season and is a player I have long admired. His qualities are there for all to see and he has been a tower of strength for the Castleford club which he has served with such distinction over many years.
“He will bring new attributes to our forward pack which will complement many of the players around him and when I heard he was looking for a fresh challenge made him my number one target for next season.
“I am delighted that he has chosen our club ahead of many others and we look forward to welcoming him for pre-season training in November.”