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Ferres rejects NRL to commit to Giants

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club.

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club. Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford second rower, who is vice-captain of the Giants, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium to the end of 2019.

Ferres joined Huddersfield on a five-year deal in 2012 but had a release clause enabling him to move overseas at the end of this season.

Huddersfield have been very good to me and since being here I've moved into the England set-up, which was one of my aims, and we've established ourselves at the top end of the table. I did have the option to go to the NRL at the end of this season but, with Huddersfield wanting me longer term and the security that brought with it to me and the family who are very settled here, I was only too happy to stay.

– Brett Ferres

Ferres has made 72 appearances for the Giants and made his England debut in the 2013 World Cup.

Brett is an international-quality player and every team needs those guys to lead and perform well both on and off the field. He is one of our go-to men when we need a play and a leader and someone who would enhance any team in the competition. His retention long term is great news for the club and the UK Super League as a whole as we were aware of interest elsewhere in his services.

– Paul Anderson, Huddersfield Giants head coach

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Summer Bash raises £7,000 for Danny Jones fund

More than £7,000 has been raised for the Danny Jones fund by rugby league fans in Blackpool.

Summer Bash raises £7,000 for Danny Jones fund

Danny died playing for Keighley Cougars and more than 1,000 people attended his funeral on Friday.

An online funding page has raised over £150,000 for his family, including five-month old twins.

The Summer Bash is a new addition to the Championship calendar and has been introduced as part of the league restructuring.

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Over a 1,000 people mourn Danny Jones

There were moving scenes today as more than 1,000 people lined the streets of Halifax to pay their last respects to the Keighley Cougars and Wales rugby league star Danny Jones.

Today his widow Lizzie cradled their five month old twins as she led the mourners at her husband's funeral.

The sport came together to honour the 29 year old who suffered a cardiac arrest just minutes into a game earlier this month.

John Shires reports:

Leeds Rhinos snap up Giants' Mullally from 2016

Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of Huddersfield Giants forward Anthony Mullally, 23, on a three year contract from the 2016 season.

Leeds Rhinos snap up Giants' Mullally from 2016 Credit: Press Association

Originally from Widnes, he came through the academy at his hometown club and made his debut aged 17. He moved to Brisbane Broncos. but returned to Widnes in 2012, winning promotion to the Super League. He joined Huddersfield Giants in 2013.

It is great to have agreed a three year contract with a club like the Rhinos with all the success they have had over recent years. Huddersfield have been very good to me so I wanted to make sure that I got the process finalised as quickly as possible.

– Anthony Mullally

We are pleased to have secured a player with the potential that Anthony has. We have seen first hand the impact he can have on a game and I am looking forward to working with him from next season.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach

Danny Jones: Funeral to be held for late Rugby League star

The funeral will take place today of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Almost £150,000 has been raised in Danny Jones' memory

The 29-year-old died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Cougars in London in early May.

Almost £150,000 has been raised by the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for a trust fund for his baby twins since his death.

The Wales international's will be held at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax, which his widow, Lizzie, hopes will be a celebration of his life:

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones
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