HUDDERSFIELD Giants have appointed Paul Cribb to take over as commercial manager from Stan Sharp, who is to retire in November.
The 32-year-old has already arrived at the Galpharm Stadium and will shadow Sharp until his departure.
Lifelong Huddersfield rugby league fan Cribb, who lives in Sowerby Bridge, takes over after spending the last seven years at British Telecom working in advertising and marketing.
And Giants managing director Richard Thewlis believes they have got the ideal man for the job.
“Firstly, it’s only right to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution that Stan Sharp has made during his decade at the club,” said Thewlis. “In short, he has transformed our commercial fortunes as a club, and it was a sad day when he announced his plans to retire.
“But once Stan had declared his intention we left no stone unturned in our search for the right candidate to take us even further forward.
“I have no doubts he will bring a new drive and excitement to our commercial operation and look forward to helping him bring in the new sponsors and income streams that are so vital to our continued success.”
Cribb said: “I’m really excited about my appointment.
“I had a few others chasing me, but as a Huddersfield fan and with my background this really is my dream job.
“We are going through some exciting times, with the new coach coming in and the fabulous season-ticket offers, and I can’t wait to play my part in making this club one of the top commercial operators in the game.”