Jamie Ellis has his best years ahead of him and a key role to play after penning a new three-year deal with Huddersfield Giants.

That’s the view of head coach Paul Anderson after Magic Weekend news of a John Smith’s Stadium contract for Ellis through to 2019.

“We have always rewarded players who have worked hard and done well for us by extending their stays with us,” said Anderson.

“Jamie arrived here wanting to establish himself as a key part of our group, an excellent half back and someone who I still think has his best years in front of him.

“We had an option on him for next year which we immediately exercised when due, and I was very happy then when we added a couple more years onto it.

“The contract gives Jamie stability and security at a time which should coincide with his best years.”

Jamie Ellis in action against Wigan Warriors

Anderson is excited about what Ellis can bring to the team in coming seasons.

“As well as his kicking game, which is something the team needs to balance off the excellent stuff that Danny Brough can do, he is also a very dangerous runner,” added the boss.

“I think we all saw towards the end of last year what a great combination he was striking up on the right side with Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary.”

Half-back Ellis, 26, had made 34 appearances ahead of Magic Weekend since signing from Castleford Tigers last year.

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“It was an easy decision for me to stay on when the opportunity arose,” said Ellis.

“I have been to a few clubs but Huddersfield is where I now call home and I have settled nearby.

“With my family settled and the club having been good for me in my time so far, I’m very happy to commit to the future here.

“I know we are nowhere near where we want to be league-wise and it has been a nightmare for lots of us sitting on the sidelines not being able to get out and help on the field, but that’s behind me now and I want to play my part in getting our performances back on track and being a part of a successful Giants team.”