Super League club could see company “legally withdraw” from stadium

Many clubs are on the cusp of great change including the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers.

One club in the midst of change is Huddersfield Giants who have to be considered one of the most ambitious clubs in Super League.

But they could be set for an unwanted change at the stadium.

According to Huddersfield Hub, the council revealed: “for the first time that the Stadium Health & Fitness Club at the John Smith’s Stadium is at risk.

“Previously the council said there were complex issues with the lease. Now, however, the council says Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), the trust which runs the sports and leisure facilities on behalf of the council, is pulling out of the stadium gym and pool.”

The consultation document says: “KAL are legally withdrawing as the operator of the Stadium Health & Fitness Club so the council will be seeking alternative operators.”

What this change means for the Giants remains unseen but there are major changes in the squad with some key exits.

Firstly, Jermaine McGillvary will leave the club upon the end of the 2023 season, ending a 13-year association with his hometown club, a full article dedicated to Jermaine and his loyalty, respect and dedication to the club can be accessed here, called Memories to Last a Lifetime.

Theo Fages will depart the club, to sign for Catalans Dragons as he returns home to France after a difficult year with injuries and personal circumstances, Ian Watson paid a tribute to Theo in his press conferences earlier in the year and he returns home with everyone’s best wishes.

Will Pryce will end his six-year association with the Giants, after he joined Huddersfield’s pathway system from the Bradford Bulls, and was awarded his senior debut in 2021 vs Catalans.

The son of former Super League star Leon, has gone from strength to strength ever since his inclusion in the first team, and has decided upon a move to NRL side Newcastle Knights for 2024, we look forward to watching Will flourish in the Australian Elite Competition.

Nathan Mason has struggled for game time this year, while out on loan at Betfred Championship side Bradford Bulls, he suffered a broken wrist at the Summer Bash, and will now retire from the sport to move to Australia and take up another occupation, we wish Natty well in his new chapter of life.

George Roby has also spent the majority 2023 season out on loan in the Betfred Championship, firstly at Bradford Bulls and then Swinton Lions, where he will look to secure the Lions’ safety vs Halifax Panthers this weekend.

George will make a Championship move permanent in 2024, and departs the club with the best wishes of everyone.

Jack Ashworth and Owen Trout will also both leave the club, having secured contracts elsewhere in 2024 and both have provided the Giants with 100% commitment and loyalty every time they have stepped out on the pitch, and leave with the upmost respect and best wishes of everyone connected to the club.

As revealed earlier today, Chris McQueen will hang up the boots on Friday, with a full write up on Chris accessible by Clicking Here.

Long serving kitman Andrew Toulcher will also leave the Giants after ten years loyal service to the club, we would like to thank Andrew for all his hard work over the years, and often going above and beyond for the club. Everyone would like to wish Andrew well in his future endeavours and you will always be welcome back at the John Smith’s Stadium.