Michael Lawrence has signed a Huddersfield Giants contract extension to the end of the 2019 season.

The popular one-club man says he’s delighted to commit and wants to focus the next three-and-a-half years on bringing some silverware to the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 25-year-old has been with his hometown club since joining the Academy from Newsome Panthers, and he’s playing some of the best rugby league of his career with 196 Super League appearances already in the bag.

“I had no hesitation in staying at the club when the offer came,” explained Lawrence, who made his top-flight debut in 2007.

“For some it can be a worrying time if you are out of contract at the end of the season, but thankfully I’ve no such worries and can keep working towards our goal of bringing silverware to the club.

“I have always been happy here and like to think I’ve played my part in pushing us up towards the top end of the competition.”

Lawrence has played on the wing, centre, second row and loose forward and is bringing his pace and power to the fore for Paul Anderson’s injury-hit squad.

“The key, really, is to make sure whatever role I’m asked to play I do it well and keep my place in the team after making the transition to the back row a number of years ago,” he added.

Coach Anderson, who has eight senior injured players under treatment ahead of the next match against Widnes at home a week tomorrow, feels the contract extension is a sound piece of business.

“He is a fine player and a very good professional,” said Anderson of the former England Academy star.

“Michael has been a virtual fixture in the side ever since I have been here and rightly so, as he is a very consistent.

“He’s a hardworking player and exactly the type every coach would want in the squad – which is why it’s great he’s committed to staying here longer-term.”