Huddersfield Giants sign Samoa forward James Gavet on two-year deal
Huddersfield Giants have signed Samoa forward James Gavet on a two-year deal from Newcastle Knights.
The 29-year old prop has been released from the previous year of his deal using the Australia-based Knights group to let him make the move to Super League from the National Rugby League (NRL).
Gavet, who’s made Canterbury Bulldogs, Wests Tigers, Brisbane, New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle 74 looks in the NRL, is part of the Samoa team competing at the Globe Nines Cup in Sydney, live on Sky Sports.
«We were seeking to add some aggression and size to our pack and we believed James was the best man to fill this job,» said Giants coach Simon Woolford.
«James had a number of options including some high Super League clubs, so we’re thankful to James and his direction for making the choice to come to Huddersfield and we feel this is a significant coup for the team.
«We feel it is a really substantial signing for the club going ahead in our quest to be a top-five Super League team.»
Gavet becomes the Giants’ third season after the arrival of lock Kenny Edwards from Catalans Dragons and Leeds full-back Ashton Golding for 2020.
The Sydney-born player says he spoke to a couple of before choosing for Huddersfield, who finished third above relegated London Broncos two points in 2019.
«I spoke to guys whom I’ve played with, such as Suaia Matagi and Ukuma Ta’ai and they told me about the ability in the group and also how well the team should have done this past year,» Gavet explained.
«They said that the place on the ladder did not signify the possibility that the team had and I’ve always rated them along with their honesty.
«They’re people I trust and know. I hope I can reinforce them and help them fulfil their own potential. From what I’ve heard, they’re going in the right direction.
«I trust I can be the part that suits perfectly to finish the puzzle.»