EORL CRABTREE can’t wait to take his place in Huddersfield Giants’ biggest ever Super League pack!
The 30-year-old England prop has spent a first full week with head coach Paul Anderson’s 2013 squad.
Crabtree took a break from his rehabilitation programme following shoulder and elbow surgery to travel to North Yorkshire for the club’s pre-season army camp trip.
That gave him the chance to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the Giants’ new-look pack for the first time.
And with Huddersfield having recruited Stuart Fielden, Craig Kopczak and Anthony Mullally, Crabtree knows the days of looking down on the majority of his teammates have come to an end.
“We’re going to be massive next season,” he announced.
“In terms of height and weight, there’s going to be a lot more size about us. There are now a lot of very big units in the squad, and I’m delighted about that.
“Obviously, it’s no good being big if you’re not fit at the same time, but having now spent time with these boys I can also see they’re going to be very strong and athletic as well.
“There have been times in the past when I have stood out a bit because I’ve towered over the rest of the team. Not any more.
“Anthony Mullally is a very similar height to me, while Craig Kopczak isn’t that far behind at all. And Stuart Fielden isn’t exactly the smallest guy in the world, is he?
“On top of that, the young lads who have been promoted from our Academy are also big boys. Nathan Mason and Pete Aspinall may still be teenagers, but they measure up well alongside me.
“We are getting more like ‘Giants’ all the time.”
Crabtree will return to his rehab work next week, but he’s still confident of joining the full squad for pre-season before Christmas and is already hoping to be involved in the Super League XVII warm-up games at St Helens on Friday, July 11 and at home to Widnes nine days later.
“The elbow’s fully heeled now and the shoulder should be 100% just before Christmas,” he added.
“To be honest, that’s slightly ahead of schedule. I was just very fortunate the operations went well and my rehab’s gone equally as well.
“All being well, I’ll be with the rest of the boys in the next couple of weeks, but if not it’ll be straight after Christmas.
“But what I do know for sure is that I should be firing when the we start to the season.”