EORL Crabtree is tuning up for the start of his testimonial year.
The Huddersfield Giants star will be belting out the numbers with team-mates past and present at Huddersfield Town Hall to mark his 10 years at the club.
The England international said: “I wanted to kick-off my testimonial year with a good event that everyone can relate to. It should be very entertaining.”
The event, on Tuesday, December 1, dubbed the Rugby League Factor, will include performances by Eorl’s former team-mates Stanley Gene, Chris Thorman, Paul Reilly and Jeff Wittenberg. Current Giants players Kevin Brown, Luke Robinson and Andy Raleigh will also sing.
Eorl said: “Jeff was really good in rehearsals – he really got into it – but the rest of us aren’t great singers.”
The first half will feature Giants’ supporters with the second half starring Eorl and rugby players past and present.
Eorl is to sing Hi Ho Silver Lining.
The Rugby League Factor is inspired by ITV1 hit show The X Factor. Eorl said: “I enjoy watching the show. The early stages are quite funny – I think that’s what our performances will be like.”
Fans will also perform at the event. Eorl said: “They are people who have sung before, so it’ll be a pretty good standard.”
The Rugby League Factor is the first event in Eorl’s testimonial year. The 27-year-old prop said: “We’re going to have one event each month, including a golf day.”
Eorl added: “It’s really weird getting my 10 years in – it’s making me feel old – I’ve been there such a long time. I started as a safety steward and did work experience there as well.
“I’m very proud to have played for so long and I’ll be around for a lot longer.”
He added: “I’ve signed with the Giants for a further five years, but you never know what’s round the corner in this game so the money raised is for the long-term future of me and my family.
“It’s all about having a fun time.’’
Tickets costing £12.50 are available from Huddersfield Tourist Information on 01484 223200, Holmfirth Tourist Information on 01484 222444 and Dewsbury Town Hall on 01924 324501.
For more information about Eorl’s testimonial year visit www.eorlcrabtree.co.uk