Evans rejects NRL to remain a

Huddersfield Giants star centre James Evans has rejected the chance to resume his NRL career and remain at Huddersfield Giants by signing a new two-year deal at the Galpharm.

The 26-year-old Evans commented " I came to Huddersfield looking to refresh my career and had even thought about finishing but as I've said before I wanted to give the UK a go and Huddersfield gave me an opportunity which has turned out to be the best decision I have made in my career. The club simply blew me away with the professionalism of the set up and ambition of the key people there and the level of coaching that I get is ahead of many NRL clubs. I had enquiries from back home but I now class Huddersfield as home and am very pleased that the club wanted me to stay on. I believe that the future here is very exciting and I am looking forward to finishing this year strongly as we aim for a play off berth and then kicking on again next year. My personal goals at the club are pretty fixed in that I have my sights set on winning silverware and I am very confident that I can achieve that with Huddersfield.?

Giants Head Coach Jon Sharp commented " I think its a big indication of how we go about things here at Huddersfield and our beliefs that James has chosen to stay on for two more years. We gave him a window of opportunity about a year ago now and he has grasped it with both hands so to speak. When he arrived he wanted a new challenge and was somewhat of an unknown quantity to many people but I knew that if we could settle him in and do the right things with him then he would be a huge asset to us. I'm obviously delighted that firstly he wanted to stay and secondly that we were able to reach an agreement and signing with him. I rate him very highly and at 26 he still has his best years in front of him. He has all the skills that you look for in a centre in size, speed and skill and his attitude to training and the club is exemplary. I know that like all our players he is really enjoying what we are doing with him on the training field and I am sure that the supporters of the club will be delighted to see him remain a Giant."

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