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Huddersfield Giants confirm signing of former Bradford Bulls prop Craig Kopczak
Huddersfield Giants have confirmed the signing of former Bulls prop Craig Kopczak on a three-year deal.
Kopczak terminated his contract with Bradford shortly before the end of the regular season last month, sparking an investigation by the RFL.
The Wales captain, who is set to lead his country against England at Wrexham on Saturday, said his decision was made in the interests of his family following the Bulls' financial woes during 2012.
The RFL have yet to make any comment but it is understood that Huddersfield have agreed to pay Bradford a settlement fee for Kopczak, who still had one year remaining on his contract at Odsal.
The 25-year-old said: “Huddersfield have been top-four material for the past few years and the chance to work with Paul Anderson for me as a fellow prop was too good to miss out on.
“I have been fed up reading many of the comments attributed to my decision to simply look after my family’s best interest and we are all happy that this is now behind us and we can move forward in a Giants shirt next season.
“I went through the squad yesterday with my manager and its going to be an exciting year for the Giants with lots of new signings in there and definitely lots of size.
“I see no reason at all why we can’t be challenging at the very top, and for me I want a massive year to lead into the World Cup.”
Giants coach and former Bulls prop Paul Anderson said: “Firstly he is a very big, strong man, and for a player of his age to have already made over 120 Super League appearances and plenty of internationals shows that he has always performed well for his teams in the past.
“He is a player I have watched closely for a number of years and he has gone from a promising youngster to a top-line performer and the sort of no-nonsense go-forward character that I want to see in our forward line next year.”