Why Did Craig Huby Leave Huddersfield?

Seemingly coming out of the blue, something doesn’t add up about the decision to let Craig Huby join Wakefield Trinty.

Rick Stone already has enough on his plate, as he looks to turn around a Giants’ team which struggled last season. Now, that challenge has just become slightly more difficult.

As confirmed by Sky Sports, Huddersfield have sold Craig Huby to fellow Super League side, Wakefield Trinity. To say the announcement came out of the blue, would be somewhat of an understatement.

Huby’s departure leaves the Giants with major uncertainty at the prop position. Josh Johnson left the club after rejecting a new deal, which was swiftly followed by Eorl Crabtree’s decision to retire in early November.

With these two aspects in mind, why would the Claret and Gold allow Huby to leave? What we do know — officially at least — is that he was unhappy under Stone.

Apparently, this was news to Richard Thewlis. Speaking to the media, the Giants’ managing director said: “This move was not of our making nor in our plans and has come somewhat out of left field.

“Craig informed our Head Coach Rick Stone that he was not happy here only a few days ago and Rick agreed to allow him to speak to other clubs. Wakefield then approached us and a deal was quickly able to be made between the clubs is the reality of the situation.”

Huddersfield Giants v St Helens - Super League
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Huddersfield Giants’ Craig Huby during the First Utility Super League Round 22 match between Huddersfield Giants and St Helens at the John Smith’s Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Stephen White/CameraSport via Getty Images)

It is understandable that you would want to facilitate the request of someone who no longer wishes to be with you. But again, the timing seems strange, given the aforementioned prop situation at Huddersfield.

In theory at least, the Giants were in the driving seat with this situation. The 30-year old was only halfway through a four-year contract, so why not wait until you resolved your shortage at the prop position, before allowing him to leave?

So what happened, to cause the deal with Wakefield to come together so quickly?  Huby didn’t really go into much detail, although his opening comments to the media were intriguing.

Huby said: “It is a good change for me. I am just excited to get out there in training with the boys and start enjoying the game again.”

In truth, we may never know the full story of what really instigated the sequence of events. However, it seems fair to say that something doesn’t quite add up.

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What’s your take on this whole situation? Are we making something out of nothing, or is there more to this story than meets the eye? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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