HAPPY Hefin O'Hare has revealed fans' power was at the heart of his decision to hold out for a new deal with the Giants.
The 25-year-old Welsh winger today ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new one-year contract.
O'Hare, pictured, admitted that after the final game of the season against Salford his next step was unclear.
But following the reception from the fans at the final hooter, he knew he didn't want to leave the club.
"I went into that match not knowing if it was going to be my last game for the Giants or not," he said.
"My agent had been meeting with club officials in a bid to get me a new deal, but nothing had been sorted out at all.
"I was aware that there was a fair amount of interest from other clubs, including Super League clubs and a Zurich Premiership rugby union club.
"But staying at Huddersfield was always my preferred option, and that was re-inforced straight after the Salford game.
"I'd been given an inkling of what the fans thought of me when I came off the substitutes' bench and had my first couple of runs.
"I could sense the crowd lift when I got the ball. That was a fantastic feeling.
"But that was nothing compared to how I felt at the end of the game.
"When I went up to speak to the supporters, they were all asking me not to leave. In fact, some of them were very emotional.
"It was then I knew I wanted to stay, whatever it took.
"Luckily, the club offered me a new contract a few days later, and in very little time I was ready to re-sign. It was a great feeling."
However, given the frustrating season O'Hare has had, it wouldn't have been the greatest surprise had he decided to move to pastures new.
After being a regular in the Giants starting line-up for several years, he has spent much of this season on the bench.
But he is now looking to put that behind him and re-establish himself as a first-choice starter.
"I would be lying if I said I hadn't found it very frustrating at times this season," added the Wrexham-born player.
"But Jon Sharp told me the reasons why he used me this way, and I fully accept them.
"What it has done has made me more determined to try and succeed and get back a starting spot.
"It makes you want to work harder, which is no bad thing.
"I regard the signing of this new deal as a fresh start.
"The onus is on me to prove to Jon that I should be back in the starting line-up as quickly as possible.
"That's my initial aim for next season. I owe that to the fans, at least."