ROBBIE Hunter-Paul is back!
The 35-year-old rugby league superstar will today start work as the Giants’ business development manager.
The move marks a return to the Galpharm Stadium for the former New Zealand Test star, who spent two successful Super League seasons with Huddersfield between 2006 and 2007. It is Hunter-Paul’s first full-time off-the-field post since he retired as a player with Co-operative Championship club Leigh Centurions at the end of last season.
But having become one of the game’s most recognisable figures since arriving at Bradford Bulls from his native New Zealand in 1994, Hunter-Paul looks tailor-made for a new role where he will be charged with the task of expanding the Giants’supporter and corporate base.
“I couldn’t be happier about becoming a member of the Huddersfield Giants family once again,” said a delighted Paul, who is also making a successful name for himself as a pundit on BBC TV.
“The opportunity to return to the Giants in a completely new capacity is one I know will be challenging, but also very exciting.
“My time here as a player allowed me to make many amazing friendships with staff, partners and supporters – friendships that continue to this day.
“I’d like to think I can apply many of the skills I have developed as an athlete to this role, as well as drawing on the education I received as a sports marketing student with the University of Huddersfield. The fusion of these two diverse resources is something I feel will benefit the club in the long term.
“I can’t wait to get started and I’m really excited about learning new skills from the current team, as well as playing a role developing brand new strategies for moving the Giants forward.
“There are many exciting times ahead and I know I will be tested, but hard work never fazed anyone involved in rugby league.
“So I guess its role-the-sleeves-up time!”