GIANTS chairman Ken Davy has today hit back at fans accusing his club of charging high admission prices by proving it's not the case.
The Huddersfield Super League chief has again voiced his concern at the lack of McAlpine crowds, which he believes is seriously affecting the Giants' chances of maintaining a play-off challenge.
While the top five Super League sides continue to attract five-figure crowds, the sixth-placed Giants have recorded sub-4,000 gates in the last two home fixtures against London and Widnes.
And Davy believes part of the problem is the perception that the Giants are pricing themselves out of the market.
But the owner of both the Giants and Huddersfield Town feels he now has the ammuntion to prove this isn't the case following the release of a full list of admission prices from top-flight clubs.
"I hope the release of this list will prove once and for all that our admission prices are not too high, and using this as an excuse for not supporting us will end," said Davy.
"The Giants are now two-thirds into the season and I'm delighted with the progress we're making on the field," said Davy.
"Last year was our best season for 40 years and this season we're doing even better.
"The Giants carried the claret and gold colours into the semi-final of the Challenge Cup and we have not been out of Super League's top six all year.
"This means Huddersfield RLFC is already back in the top 20 rugby league clubs in the world.
"Obviously, we have had some disappoinments, after all we want to win every game we play.
"But once again the biggest disappointment of all is our lack of support.
"We are regularly competing against teams that have home crowds three or four times the size of ours, which clearly makes our task even more challenging.
"And there seem to be two mains reasons why this is the case.
"The first excuse for this is kick-offs time, which we will obviously be looking at very closely, although it is interesting to note Town seem to be well supported whatever time of day.
"And, secondly, is the idea we're far more expensive than other clubs, which we now have shown simply isn't true.
"We have a superb all-seater unrestricted stadium, yet a glance at the admission prices table will show that while we're not the cheapest, we're certainly nowhere near the most expensive.
"We also frequently make specials deals and season tickets available, such as the mini-season ticket for our final games.
"We're making terrific plans for next year in a determined effort to once again take the claret and gold colours to the pinnacle of this great game.
"The team are playing some outstanding rugby league, we've already signed a fantastic player in Brad Drew, with hopefully an even bigger signing to come.
"As a club we really are doing everything we can.
"It's now up to the public of Huddersfield, the birthplace of rugby league, to put aside the excuses and show that they want and will support a successful hometown team."
Davy admits those clubs who still have terracing can offer cheaper admission prices, but that when transfer charges to seat tickets are taken into account it's a whole new ball game.
And that when the pre-booked discount ticket service is used, the seat tickets are the cheapest in Super League.