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Giants up for Super League playoff

The Huddersfield Giants get their Super League playoff campaign underway tonight when they travel to last year's champions Wigan.

But, even if they fail to beat the champions tonight they know they will get another chance after finishing the regular season in the top four.

Head Coach Paul Anderson is hoping they will get to the next stage at the first time of asking:

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Giants sign Huby from Castleford

Huddersfield Giants have signed 28-year-old prop forward Craig Huby on a four year deal.

Craig Huby Credit: Press Association

The ball playing forward becomes the first new addition to be announced to Paul Anderson’s 2015 squad.

The Giants Head Coach said:

“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."

I have had a wonderful time at Castleford with this year being an obvious highlight and it is with some sadness that I move on. However I decided that a fresh start and a new challenge would reinvigorate me and the club have known for some time that I would be moving on.

The supporters have always been superb with me and I thank them and the players and coaches I have worked with. This year with Darryl will forever be in my memory and I think we still have a great opportunity here in the coming weeks.

That’s my sole focus but I wanted the news to come out so that I can concentrate on the rest of the season with Cas then look forward to next year at the Giants.

– Craig Huby

Rovers secure Jason Chan on loan

Hull KR have signed Huddersfield's Papua New Guinea international Jason Chan on loan to the end of the season.

Jason Chan signed on loan from Huddersfield

The 30-year-old second rower has made 16 appearances for the Giants so far this year but is currently out of favour and is out of contract at the end of the year.

We are delighted to welcome Jason to the club until the end of the season and we are looking forward to seeing him pull on the Rovers shirt. We've got one or two injuries in the pack at the moment so to bring in such a quality player at this stage of the year is a real bonus for the club.

– Rovers caretaker-coach Chris Chester

Chan met his new team-mates for training on Thursday morning and is likely to make his debut in Sunday's First Utility Super League home game against Salford.

Chan has made 63 appearances for the Giants since joining them from Crusaders ahead of the 2012 season but looks to have played his last match for them.

We wish Jason every possible success and thank him for his contribution to our club where he will be remembered as being a major part of the squad that delivered us our first League Leaders shield in 81 years

– Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis

Giants rely on youth for Castleford trip

Huddersfield are set to bring in a trio of teenagers for Friday's trip to Castleford after losing skipper Danny Brough, full-back Scott Grix and utility forward David Faiumu to injury.

Danny Brough misses the clash through injury Credit: Press Association

Brough, the reigning Super League Man of Steel, is the only player to have started all 20 of the Giants' matches this year but is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up head and ankle injuries in the 36-10 home defeat by Salford last Saturday.

Scotland's World Cup captain left the field on the hour clutching his jaw after being the victim of a late and high tackle from Salford forward Lama Tasi.

Paul Anderson set to turn to youth Credit: Press Association

Coach Paul Anderson is set to switch Luke Robinson back into the halves alongside Kyle Wood and give a first appearance of the season to 18-year-old hooker Kruise Leeming in the continuing absence of first-choice number nine Shaun Lunt with a nagging calf strain.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

Giants sign England youth captain to pro deal

Huddersfield have signed England youth captain Matthew English on a three-year professional contract.

English will play at the John Smiths Stadium Credit: Press Association

English, 16, a front-row forward who plays for Wakefield amateur club Stanley Rangers, is following in the footsteps of last year's England youth skipper Liam Johnson, who has gone on to sign a full-time Super League contract with the Giants.

Huddersfield head of youth performance Andy Kelly said: "Matty had a number of academy options and we are delighted that he has chosen to further his development with the Huddersfield Giants."

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Jermaine McGillvary returns for the Giants

Huddersfield bring back winger Jermaine McGillvary after he missed the Magic Weekend clash with Bradford with an ankle injury.

Jermaine McGillvary returns for the Giants Credit: Press Association

Taking over from Jodie Broughton after he aggravated a groin injury, it is the only change to the side that beat the Bulls.

Second rower Brett Ferres makes his 200th Super League.

Wildcats sign Giants forward Fairbank

The Wakefield Wildcats have signed Huddersfield Giants forward Jacob Fairbank on a one-month loan deal.

Jacob Fairbank signs for Wakefield on month-long deal Credit: Press Association

Fairbank, 24, has made 20 Super League appearances in all having previously spent time on loan at London Broncos and Bradford Bulls. He has also featured for Batley Bulldogs on dual registration.

“We’ve been in a little bit of a period where we’ve picked some injuries up and we’ve got some guys who are getting back to match fitness,” said Wildcats head coach, Richard Agar.

“We felt that it will boost our ranks in the middle of the field, initially for a month. He’s got a terrific engine so we think he’ll boost our squad and cover one or two issues we’ve got with injuries and fitness.”

Fairbank is expected to go straight into the 19-man squad for Sunday’s game at Hull FC.

Brett Ferres apologises for high tackle

Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres has issued a public apology for the dangerous tackle on St Helens full-back Jonny Lomax that earned him a five-match ban.

The Giants second rower was sent off 64 minutes into his side's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie on Sunday for upending Lomax in the tackle and admitted the grade E offence when he appeared in front of the Rugby League Football's disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening.

He tweeted this apology:

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