Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis admits the move announced this that that sees Owen Trout join the club and Kruise Leeming depart for Leeds is “tinged with a great deal of sadness on our part”.
The Giants have handed a four-year deal to centre or second rower Trout, who is the brother of Hull KR forward Kyle, while hooker Leeming heads in the opposite direction.
Thewlis said: “This move is tinged with a great deal of sadness on our part.
“We did not want to lose Kruise Leeming but when the player himself says he wants to leave and preferred a fresh challenge as, in his own words he had gone stale, we really had no option but to agree his transfer request which we did in mid October.
“All clubs were informed of his desire to leave us and only the Rhinos showed any interest, so it was pleasing that when Kevin Sinfield came back from his international commitments we were able to conclude a deal that we as the Giants were happy with and bring Owen Trout to the club.
“But we as a club simply cannot have anyone here who is not fully committed to us.
“We wish Kruise Leeming every success at the Rhinos and thank him for his efforts in his time with us.”
Trout joins the Giants after having made a handful of Super League appearances for Leeds. He also impressed during a loan spell with Dewsbury in 2019.
Trout said “It’s a really historic club and I’m really excited to get started. It’s a great club playing at a great stadium and I can’t wait to start performing week in week out”
“I spoke to Simon Woolford at training and he’s looking forward to seeing me train and I’m looking forward to impressing him in the race for a starting spot”
“I feel like the big part of my game is being a skilful player and I’m looking forward to bringing my skill to the team. I like to get people running off me and I think that will add another level to the Giants.”
“I had a spell at the Championship last season and I’m really looking forward to testing myself further and competing at Super League level in 2020 with the Giants.”
Thewlis added: “The desire that Owen has shown to join is excellent.
“Within minutes of hearing that we wished to speak to him he was in his car and looking around and meeting people and he very quickly confirmed he wished to take up the challenge here.
“He joins his age bracket international teammates Louis & Innes Senior and Ollie Wilson and also knows Mathew English from his time at Stanley Rangers.
“Owen is a physically big backrower and eager to push the established men in his position for Super League appearances in 2020.”