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Crabtree agrees new Giants deal

Eorl Crabtree
Crabtree is the club's longest-serving player

England and Huddersfield prop forward Eorl Crabtree has signed a new five-year contract with the Giants.

The 26-year-old has also been granted a Rugby Football League testimonial for 10 years service to Huddersfield.

Crabtree said: "As a native of Huddersfield, I have always been proud to represent the Giants.

"The club is now challenging for Grand Final and Challenge Cup honours, playing in a world-class stadium in front of growing crowds."

Crabtree, who made his England Test debut against France in Paris last month, will now remain at the Galpharm Stadium until the end of the 2015 season.

Eorl has had a great year and he is making a big impact for the team

Giants coach Nathan Brown

"At a time when I have gained full international honours and approaching my prime as a prop forward, I have had no hesitation committing myself to the Giants for the next six years," he said.

"To be granted an testimonial by the RFL at the same time as pledging virtually the rest of my career to the Giants amplifies my personal passion for the club.

Head coach Nathan Brown was delighted to secure Crabtree on a long-term deal.

"It's great news for the Giants, Eorl has had a great year and he is making a big impact for the team not only on the field but off the field as well.

"It shows that there is loyalty in the game by staying at one club and he has stayed at this club through some tough times."

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