HUDDERSFIELD Giants have today explained why they allowed club captain Chris Thorman to move to Super League rivals Hull FC.
The east coast club have announced the 27-year-old goalkicking utility back has signed a one-year contract for 2009.
The Newcastle-born ace still had a year remaining on his current Giants contract after seven years at the Galpharm.
But it was clear his position in the side was under threat next season on the back of the signings Huddersfield have made.
With world-rated Canberra Raiders stand-off Todd Carney and experienced Wests Tigers goalkicking full-back Brett Hodgson arriving for 2009, the pressure had increased on Thorman.
And with Hull keen to acquire his services and help ease the pressure on the Giants’ salary cap at the same time, managing director Richard Thewlis believes the club have done a good piece of business.
“Chris has been a magnificent servant to this club and it is extremely sad when players have to move on,” he said.
“However, the reality of the salary cap and the over-riding aim of Super League to equalise the competition means moves like this have to be made.
“He leaves with our sincere thanks for his service over many years, both on and off the field, and we wish him all the best.”
Thewlis added: “There is no question we will be extremely competitive in the half-back position in 2009, and to maintain the current balance in the squad it really was inevitable that changes would have to be made.
“Currently on our books in the halves for Super League XIV we have Carney, Kevin Brown, Luke Robinson, (new signing) Scott Moore and Tom Hemingway.
“We also have some excellent cover at full-back in Brett Hodgson and Leroy Cudjoe – who have also played in the halves during their careers – as well as David Hodgson, who we are confident will be playing for England in this autumn’s World Cup.
“On top of that, we’re not short of quality goalkickers, with Brett obviously one of the very best in the business.”
Thorman spent seven years at Huddersfield in two spells and has been captain for the last three years.
His crowing glory was, of course, leading the Giants to the 2006 Challenge Cup final.