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Eagles sign former Giant Tonks

Sheffield Eagles have signed former Huddersfield Giants forward Tony Tonks.

Former Huddersfield Giants prop Tony Tonks Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old front rower has made 141 Championship appearances for Halifax and his previous club Featherstone Rovers, scoring 19 tries.

He is the Eagles' seventh signing of the close season, joining Blake South, John Davies, Steve Thorpe, Jamie Langley, Ben Musolino and former Halifax team-mate Rob Worrincy.

"Games against Sheffield have always been tough battles," said Tonks.

"You can see there is a real togetherness and a real strong culture at the club, and I want to be a part of that.

“Having spoken to Mark Aston you can see he is building something here. He has made some really good signings, and the players that are already here are class acts as well.

"He is taking steps to improve the club and the squad so I’m looking forward to being involved.

“I think top four is definitely achievable. When you look at the sides that will be competing at the top end of the table, I don’t think Sheffield are far away from them at all.

"As long as all the new lads fit in well, which I’m sure we will, I think we will be right up there."

Faiumu leaves Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants have announced that former New Zealand international David Faiumu is to leave the club and go back to Australia with his family.

Leaving: David Faiumu is leaving Huddersfield after seven seasons with the club Credit: Press Association

The 31-year-old forward joined the Giants from the NRL in 2008 and made his 146th Super League appearance in Friday night's 18-16 playoff defeat to Catalan Dragons.

Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson paid tribute to Faiumu after the game.

He said: "Fuey is a credit to himself and his family. He has been a great professional at this club.

"He has spent this year struggling with injuries but he made the choice to play on as we needed him. He is something special."

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Anderson disappointed after Giants playoff exit

Huddersfield Head coach Paul Anderson was left bitterly disappointed after the Giants were knocked out of the playoffs by Catalan Dragons.

Hurting: Paul Anderson is disappointed after the Giants lost 18-16 to Catalans Credit: Press Association

Huddersfield were much improved from their 57-4 hammering at Wigan last week but it was an 11th defeat in 14 play-off ties for the Giants.

"It hurts more than last week because the year is over," Anderson said. "We saw an improvement in some areas and the scoreline wasn't as bad as last week.

"But it was a reflection of our year. We were good in patches. All year we have never strung 80 minutes together and it was the same tonight. We never turned the screw and it has been the tale of our year.

"I am massively disappointed about the season. We started round one with big expectation but consistency throughout the year cost us.

"It wasn't just week by week but within games.

"We have had inconsistencies within performance and individual performances throughout games. It ends up hurting you.

"We went into this game with every expectation of winning, going to St Helens and winning the competition. But it has gone.

"For the investment in this team and this club it's not good enough. We need to be better."

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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