RALPH RIMMER was a satisfied man last Sunday.
He was well aware that the 28-22 Super League triumph over Salford City Reds at the Galpharm Stadium would be his last as the Giants' chief executive.
It brought the curtain down on a highly eventful four years in the hot seat.
During that time, the 38-year-old has overseen the ill-fated merger with Sheffield, a Super League relegation, a Northern Ford Premiership promotion, two successful Super League campaigns and a first Huddersfield Challenge Cup semi-final appearance for 33 years.
And for the past six months he has been combining his role with the Giants with that of stadium managing director.
Not surprisingly, such demands have proved a little too much, even for a man of Rimmer's undoubted drive and enthusiasm.
But, as he passes on his day-to-day Giants duties to general manager Richard Thewlis, he admitted the time had to be right before he took the decision
"There's no way I would have stepped aside if I felt the time wasn't right," said Rimmer.
"In the four years I've been chief executive, the club has gone through a lot.
"Initially, there were huge problems and it took a while for us to get back on our feet.
"We're now at the stage where the Giants are in a state of good health and can look forward positively.
"I would like to think I've played my part in that process.
"But I obvously know it's not just down to me.
"It goes without saying that chairman Ken Davy has done the most to get the club this far, but the efforts of Richard shouldn't be overlooked.
"It's now at the stage where Richard is ready to assume more control. The club is in very safe hands with Richard at the helm.
"This season has been good, but there's no reason why next season won`t be even better."