This morning Huddersfield all but concluded their business for 2023 with the signing of Nathan Peats on a two-year deal to replace Danny Levi.
Peats was previously at the Giants on loan from Leigh in 2021 and wanted to stay but it wasn’t to be resulting in a move to the French Elite One Championship prior to making the move to Toulouse.
However, Levi’s departure opened the door for a return on a permanent basis and Peats took the opportunity with both hands.
Speaking to Giants TV, Peats revealed why he left Huddersfield in the first place and how his return came about.
“It’s been exciting, I didn’t want to leave last year. I had a great time at Huddersfield and under Ian Watson too,” Peats said.
“We tried to work it out, tried to move quota spots around, tried to stay, tried to manoeuvre a few things with quotas and stuff like that but right at the end we couldn’t manage to get it done.
“Been in France the last 10 months, I was signed there again next year. Obviously, I want to be playing Super League but a chance to stay in the South of France and play Championship, I wasn’t really fussed to be honest.
“But as soon as I heard about the Danny Levi situation, I couldn’t jump at it any quicker.
“I didn’t want to leave last year, that’s where I really found my love for footy again.”
Welcome back, Nathan Peats!
We spoke to the hooker from Down Under, who expressed his excitement at returning to the club!
— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) October 20, 2022
So quota spots stood in the way of Peats staying last year but he was quick to jump and take the place of Levi at the John Smith’s Stadium and will likely literally take his place and assume the number nine jersey.