Premiership winning hooker rejoins Huddersfield

Shaun Lunt

He may have been a part of the Leeds team that took out the English Super League grand final, but hooker Shaun Lunt will not be staying in Leeds – with the 25-year old to rejoin the Huddersfield Giants for the 2013 ESL season.

After losing his place at the Giants last year, Lunt moved to the Leeds Rhinos on loan, where he became an integral part of the club’s eventual march to the grand final – one they won.

Although there was talk that Lunt wished to remain in Headingley, with three years remaining on his contract with the Giants, the club said that it was his decision to want to move back to Huddersfield.

Richard Thewlis, the Giants Managing Director said: “The decision was his to make so for Shaun to now return is excellent news.

“Everyone knows how tough and narrow the market for quality players is, so for Shaun to come back is really, really good for us.

“It’s like a new signing in many respects and he returns to us with the experience of playing in the two major finals and winning at Old Trafford.

“He is currently with the England Knights team and will have a well-deserved break after that, before linking back up with our squad for pre-season training.

“He was always a very popular player here and I am sure that everyone connected with the club will be delighted with this news.”

Early in 2012, Lunt fell down the pecking order at Huddersfield substantially, with Luke Robinson, David Faiumu, Scott Moore and Tommy Lee all in front of him.

In 2013, however, with Moore and Lee moving on, the opportunity to be first-choice hooker will be made easier, when you have the glowing endorsement from coach Paul Anderson.

“It will be good to have Lunty back and clearly he will have benefited massively from his experiences at the Leeds club, and in particular their ability to win the big games,” Anderson said.

“I see him as playing solely at hooker next year for us, working off the back of what space and opportunities the forwards will give him.

“Everyone knows he is excellent out of dummy half and I imagine he is one of the top try-scoring nines in the league in his relatively short Super League career to date.

“I think he still has improvements in his game to come and I am very happy that the Giants fans will be able to see the best of Shaun Lunt in the years to come, and he will complement superbly the players already here.”

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