DEPARTING PROP Craig Huby insists he still has things to achieve with Castleford Tigers before he joins Huddersfield Giants at the end of the season.
Huby is set to make his comeback from a two-game lay-off due to an elbow injury when Tigers take on Catalan Dragons in Perpignan tomorrow.
A win there would cement a top-two spot in First Utility Super League – and possibly secure the league leaders’ shield – and Huby is keen to be part of that and the play-offs campaign which begins next week.
“I could not have wished for a better season for myself, the boys, the fans – everybody,” said Huby, who is in his testimonial year after making his Cas debut in 2003.
“We have got to Wembley, we could potentially finish top of the league and who knows after that?
“I am going to be sad to leave, but I am leaving at a good time for the club. There’s a lot of players coming in who will be good recruits, but it is going to be a good last couple of weeks for us.”
Huby’s move to Giants was confirmed yesterday and he said: “It is not something I have taken lightly. It has been a long, hard process. I have had a lot of things to think about and I have had my family to consider.
“I’ve had a lot of long chats with my wife and my dad about the things I want to do. The main thing was not regretting anything when I did finish.
“The easy option was to stay at Cas. I have been here a long time and I am comfortable here, but I wanted a new challenge. I think that might push me on and give me the boost I need.
“My time here has been unbelievable, especially what we have done this year. It will stay with me forever, but it is something I felt I had to do.”
Huby will join Giants on a four-year deal and he added: “At 28 years old, with a young family, stability is massive for me. Potentially this could be my last-ever contract, so I had to make sure it was the right one and I was doing the right thing.”
Tigers have confirmed half-back/hooker Jamie Ellis will be leaving at the end of the season and he is set to join Huby at Huddersfield Giants.
The club have also announced the signing of hooker Scott Moore and second-row Mike McMeeken from London Broncos, both on two-year contracts.
Winger James Clare has signed a new contract until the end of 2016, with an option for two more years after that and forward Grant Millington has extended his stay until the end of 2018, with an option for a further season.