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Giants Appoint Stone As New Head Coach

Rick Stone

Rick Stone has agreed a two and a half year contract.

Huddersfield Giants have appointed Rick Stone as their new head coach.

The former Newcastle and Fiji man has agreed a two and a half year contract and is planning to fly into the UK ahead of the game with St Helens and assume immediate control of all team matters being assisted by former Giants players Chris Thorman and Luke Robinson.

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said: "In Rick Stone we believe we have an outstanding head coach who fits the bill superbly for what we at the Giants want.

"He has Head Coach experience at NRL and International level and his CV is outstanding in the way he has worked his way to the very top of his profession with many successes along the way.

"We face a huge battle in the remaining 9 games of the season and he is aware of that. It would be wrong to talk now about any further down the line as our focus has to be on 2016."

Stone added: "I'm delighted to get the opportunity at Huddersfield Giants - simply delighted. I have had a short period out of the fulltime game, probably my first for around 25 years and I'm very keen to get back into the coaching arena.

"Top jobs such as this one don't come around very often so yes I'm ready to go and really can't get there quick enough.

"I know the club has some very short term goals in terms of wins needed in whatever league structure we end up in after 23 rounds but I've always believed that results tend to take care of themselves if you work hard, prepare well and commit to your teammates which are key parts of my coaching style.

"I'll give honesty and demand it back and I'm looking forward to getting into the Club and working with everyone there as soon as possible."

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