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20th February 2018, 07:46 | Huddersfield

Ikahihifo signs new contract at Giants

Ikahihifo signs new contract at Giants

Huddersfield Giants prop forward Sebastine Ikahihifo has signed a three year contract extension with the Claret and Gold, tying him down with the Club until the end of 2021.

Sebastine Ikahihifo became a fan favourite in 2017, his first full season with the Club, which saw him scoop four awards at the Club Awards Evening, as well as earning a spot in the Betfred Super League Dream Team.

On tying the 27-year-old down to a new deal, head coach Rick Stone said: “Seb was a revelation last year with what he did. He made more tackle breaks than anyone else in the competition, the second most offloads and was up there for the metres made count. His effort is tremendous every week and he has made a big impact.

“We’re starting to get through and sure up the team with the people that we want to keep long-term, which is very important if we’re going to build a team that is going to be successful. Seb is one of the cornerstones for us and everyone will be happy to have him here for a long while. 

“He’s very hardworking, humble and quite quiet. He really respects what’s going on around the Club and is a deep thinker that has a lot of important things to say in team meetings. He’s an integral part of the team and is very well liked by his teammates and the Coaching staff. We’re delighted to have him with the Club until the end of 2021.”

New Zealander Ikahihifo commented: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract and want to achieve something for Huddersfield and build something special here. I think when you look back over the past 10 years, everyone looks at being the 2013 League Leaders Shield win but I want to build on that and do something that Huddersfield will remember for the next 20 years.

“I feel that I can help set an example for the young guys that are coming through by training hard, eating well and then that manifests onto the field, if you set that example for them then hopefully we can start something special at the Club.

“I’m very ambitious. It’s one thing to be named as one of the prop’s in the Dream Team but you’ve got to do something to stay at the top of that hill and defend it. There are a lot of props out there that are playing really well and I take that as a challenge, I like to compete and I think this is the best place for me to be able to perform.”