JARROD O'DOHERTY is to leave the Giants at the end of the season.
The former Newcastle Knights back-rower has told McAlpine officials he wants to return to his native Australia.
The 25-year-old is one of several Giants players who were on one-year Super League deals this season.
It's unclear whether a new contract would have been offered to O'Doherty, who has been a solid influence in the Giants pack throughout this season.
But he has made it clear that both he and wife Anna feel the time is right to return to his home country.
"I've mixed feelings about making this decision. It's not been easy," he admitted.
"This is one of the best years I've had in my rugby league career and I haven't regretted for one minute coming to Huddersfield.
"But Anna and myself are very family orientated and we've missed our folks back home.
"I always thought that may be the case, and that's one of the reasons why I decided to sign a one-year contract in the first place.
"Coming here has been a fantastic adventure for both of us, and we've made some great friends. I know we'll miss the place when we get back home."
But O'Doherty still has at least six more games to play for the Giants, starting with Friday's Super League clash at Halifax (7.45).
And he believes making the decision to leave now will increase his desire to make a lasting impression.
"Because I've loved it so much I want to make these last six games as enjoyable as possible," he added.
"I've already got some fantastic memories of this year, with the wins over Leeds, Wigan and St Helens the obvious highlights.
"The last thing I want now is the gloss to be taken off those memories by seeing us have a poor run-in to the end of the season.
"I believe I've developed as a player under Tony Smith, and the club have been fantastic to me.
"The best way I can thank them is by doing my absolute utmost on the field to try and get us into the play-offs. It's a target we know we are still capable of achieving."
It was Smith who persuaded O'Doherty to join the Giants for their first season back in Super League and he believes he has been a great servant.
"Jarrod has been terrific for us, both on and off the field," said Smith.
"He's one of those hard-working players whose efforts can sometimes go unnoticed, although not by the coach.
"Knowing Jarrod as I do, I know how desperate he'll be to make a big impression in our remaining games.
"One thing you can always guarantee with Jarrod is that he'll give 100%"
O'Doherty will again figure for the Giants at The Shay on Friday, with Smith reporting a clean bill of health from the 17 who played in the 30-30 draw against Widnes at the weekend.
"We've obviously struggled on the injury front in recent weeks, so it's something of a relief that everyone came through unscathed," he said.