Experience is always a valuable asset in any rugby league side, and the Huddersfield Giants have added not only a player that is experienced at club level, but also one that is experienced at international level – with Welsh prop forward Craig Kopczak signing a 3-year deal with the club.
Kopczak, who is currently representing Wales in their end of season campaign and will join the side for training soon, with Giants coach Paul Anderson pleased to have signed Kopczak, citing him as a player that he has been watching for a few years now.
â€œFirstly, he is a very big strong man and for a player of his age to have already made over 120 Super league appearances and plenty of internationals, shows that he has always performed well for his teams in the past,” said Andrson.
“He is a player I have watched closely for a number of years and he has gone from a promising youngster to a top line perform
er and the sort of no nonsense go forward character that I want to see in our forward line next year.â€œ
Kopczak is just as delighted with the move, highlighting the opportunity to play under Anderson's tenure, as well as for a competitive side like Huddersfield, was too good to refuse.
â€œHuddersfield have been top four material for the past few years and the chance to work with Paul Anderson for me as a fellow prop, was too good to miss out on,” said Kopczak.
“I have been fed up reading many of the comments attributed to my decision to simply look after my familyâ€™s best interest and we are all happy that this is now behind us, and we can move forward in a Giants shirt next season. I went through the squad yesterday with my manager and its going to be an exciting year for the Giants with lots of new signings in there and definitely lots of size.”
“I see no reason at all why we canâ€™t be challenging at the very top and for me, I want a massive year to lead into the World Cup.â€