JOHN SKANDALIS is leaving the Giants.
The club’s 32-year-old Australian vice-captain has today confirmed he will not be signing a contract extension and will be heading home.
The former Wests Tigers prop feared his days could be numbered earlier in the month when a knee injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Skandalis is still keen to play and, with an offer from NRL club Wests to take up a youth development role, he has decided the time is right to move back to Sydney.
“The club and myself have agreed it’s time to move on,” said Skandalis.
“All being well, I’ll be back playing again next season, but the injury has certainly forced the issue. The club can now plan for life without me.
“Luckily, I’ve got this job offer at the Tigers, and I’m very excited about that, but it’s still going to be a real wrench having to leave the Giants.
“I’ve no regrets at all about coming here. It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made.
“The club and the fans have been fantastic.
"They couldn’t have done anything more for me. I couldn’t have been at a better club.
“I really can’t thank them enough for giving me the chance to play here, and for the fans for supporting me the way they have. It has been an absolutely amazing experience.
“I just hope they all feel I’ve made a positive contribution to the club in the time I’ve been here.
“Personally, I’ve been fairly happy with the way I’ve played, and I was extremely proud to be a part of the first Huddersfield Giants side to reach the Super League play-offs last season.
“Obviously, it’s been a different story this year, it’s been really tough for everybody.
“But I’ve still got every faith in this squad and, with Nathan Brown taking over as coach, I’m sure 2009 will be very successful.”