BIG Mick Slicker today put the disappointment of his side's Challenge Cup semi-final exit behind him and signed a new two-year deal with the Giants.
And the 25-year-old prop believes others will be keen to follow suit and share in a brighter McAlpine future.
Slicker's new deal means he will remain at Huddersfield until the end of the 2006 season, when the Ireland international is convinced his side will be an even stronger Super League force.
"With the progress that is being made at the Giants I wanted to stick around for a lot longer," said Slicker.
"Obviously, the Challenge Cup defeat on Sunday was disappointing, but it's not the end of the world.
"This club is still heading in the right direction.
"It's now just over three years since I first came here, and the progress that's been made is incredible.
"I see no reason why it won't continue, and that's why I had no hesitation in pledging two more years to the club.
"And I also believe there are other players here who are keen to follow suit."
Slicker's news has helped provide a major boost at an important time.
With Huddersfield facing a tricky test at Warrington Wolves on Sunday (3.00), head coach Jon Sharp admits Slicker's pledge is ideal.
"Mick's form has been tremendous this year and I'm looking for that to continue," said Sharp.
"His news has given me a big lift at a time when we've been doing it tough.
"It was a hard week last week because of the worrying injuries to the likes of Stanley Gene and Ben Roarty, and Mick has given us a great pick-me-up."