BRETT FERRES has declared himself available for tomorrow’s home Super League clash against Wakefield (3.00) after completing a three-and-a-half year Huddersfield Giants deal.
The 26-year-old England back-row forward has agreed an early release from Castleford Tigers and is contention for this tomorrow’s Galpharm clash, when new head Paul Anderson will take charge of the Giants for the first time.
Ferres had been linked with a move to Huddersfield for several months, but the Giants acted quickly to beat yesterday’s 2pm deadline to bring him in earlier than expected.
And the former Bradford and Wakefield man can’t wait to wear the claret and gold for the first time.
“I can’t believe how quickly this new deal has been done,” said Ferres, who played alongside Anderson at Bradford just under a decade ago.
“But when the opportunity came to move here before the end of the season, Castleford didn’t stand in my way. They’ve allowed me to go with their very best wishes and I can’t thank them enough for that.
“They know how keen I was to join the Giants, because they’re now a club that everyone would be happy to join.
“Over the past few years they’ve emerged as one of the leading clubs in Super League, and to have the chance to help that progression continue is something that really excites me.
“I know I’m starting my time at the Giants under Paul rather than Nathan Brown, but that doesn’t bother me in the least. I already know Paul well and everyone I’ve spoken to says what an outstanding coach he is in his own right.
“I’m looking forward to seeing for myself.
“I’m also looking forward to making my debut. At this stage I don’t know whether that will come against Wakefield, but I am fit, available and ready to play.”