Huddersfield’s England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the Australian National Rugby League to commit his future to the Super League club.
The 29-year-old former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford second-row, 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,” said Ferres.
“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.
“I’ve enjoyed being in the leadership group here and I am certain that we have a very bright future which I want to play a leading role in.”
Ferres has made 72 appearances for Giants and made his England debut in the 2013 World Cup.
Confident York City Knights coach James Ford believes his players will thrive when appearing before a relatively bumper crowd this evening.
Newcastle Thunder, with the help of Magic Weekend arriving in the city, are expecting their biggest attendance for five years for the League One game.
York are in good form following a 70-0 victory over South Wales and having faced St Helens in the Challenge Cup.
Ford said: “We are all very aware that it’s going to be a very different kettle of fish for us on Friday up at Newcastle. They’ve some high-profile players and we’ll need to raise our game.
“To play in front of a couple of thousand supporters would mean the world to the players, (but) I’m sure they’ll be impressed with the brand of rugby we play.”
Hunslet Hawks host Sheffield Eagles in the Championship.
Hawks coach Barry Eaton was pleased with his side’s win over Doncaster, saying: “It’s probably the best they’ve played over the last month or so.”
Eagles coach Mark Aston, however, was desperately disappointed with their heavy defeat to London Broncos and admits: “We never came to the show. I’ve made a couple of changes to try and sort it out.”