ANDY RALEIGH has left the Giants knowing his hometown club is in excellent shape.
The 30-year-old forward will be with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for the next two seasons.
Fellow forward Danny Kirmond has also moved to Belle Vue after agreeing a three-year deal, with centre Aaron Murphy moving in the opposite direction to the end of 2015.
Raleigh’s departure brings the curtain down on a six-year stay. It’s a wrench, but he feels the move is at the right time.
“When I look at my time here, I know how lucky I’ve been,” said Raleigh.
“During my six years, the Giants have got stronger and stronger as a club, both on the field and off it, and I’ve got some fantastic memories to savour.
“And I also know that with the plans the club is continuing to put in place, the good times can get even better.
“Yes, it’s disappointing that I’ll no longer be a part of those plans, but there often comes a time in your career when you know your time at a club has come to a natural end. That’s how I feel right now.
“It’s no big secret that I’ve been a bit frustrated with the amount of game time I’ve had over the past few seasons, although injuries certainly haven’t helped!
“So I’m looking at this move to Wakefield as being a fresh start and the chance for me to start playing on a regular basis again. That’s definitely the plan.”
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