GIANTS star Brandon Costin has today ended the speculation over a possible move to Leeds Rhinos by declaring: "I'm going nowhere".
Reports over the weekend had suggested Super League's top tryscorer was to join current coach Tony Smith in moving to Headingley at the end of the season.
But Costin, who took his try tally to 19 with a touchdown in Friday's 54-12 triumph at Halifax, today made it clear he was happy at Huddersfield and looking forward to working under new coach Jon Sharp in Super League IX.
"I just can't believe where these stories come from," he said.
"The first I heard about this link to Leeds was yesterday, and to be honest it made me laugh.
"I'm contracted to the Giants for this season and next and I intend to honour that. I'm still happy here.
"All I'm interested in at this moment is the next five games working under Tony and hopefully seeing us get into the play-offs.
"But I'm also looking forward to working under Jon Sharp next season.
"He was obviously here as Tony's No2 when I was also at the club two seasons ago.
"So I know how good a coach he is and I'm sure he'll do an extremely good job."
Leeds have also confirmed this morning the Costin story was a non-starter.
As well as Costin being contracted to the Giants for next season, the Rhinos would be unable to sign him because there is no place on the Headingley overseas list for the Australian.
Leeds have already filled their four-man quota with Matt Adamson, Chris McKenna, Willie Poching and Marcus Bai.
The speculation has clearly angered Smith, who has already come in for criticism from some Giants fans over his decision to move across the M62 for the 2004 season.
And he is hoping Costin's clear statement of Giants' intent will knock the scare stories on the head.
"It does make you wonder how these things get written and for what purpose," blasted Smith.
"Fortunately, the team's preparing itself in a professional manner for what is an important time of the year.
"We are not going to let any outside influences be a distraction.
"The club line on this Brandon link is that it is a non issue."
Of more immediate concern to Smith on the Costin front right now is the shoulder injury suffered by the in-form centre at Bradford Bulls 16 days ago.
The 29-year-old came through the first half of Friday's win at Halifax unscathed, but was in some discomfort at training yesterday.
He is due to see a specialist this afternoon to assess the full extent of the damage, although he is still hoping to play in Sunday's home clash against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (5.30).
"There's obviously a bit of concern over Brandon, that's why he's been made this appointment," added Smith.
"Hopefully, the news will be positive and it won't prevent him from playing a leading role in our remaining games."
Smith is also still awaiting news on lively half-back Paul March.
He picked up a rib cartilage injury at Bradford Bulls and has missed the last two games, although he is showing good signs of recovery.