27 Nov 2019
The Eorl Column: Sezer is real statement of intent
Eorl Crabtree believes that the signing of Aidan Sezer is a real show of ambition for Huddersfield leading into the 2020 Season
I'm really impressed by today's announcement of Aidan Sezer, an NRL Grand Finalist half-back with plenty of big-game experience in his time at Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans. After a disappointing 2019 campaign in which the club was so near, but yet so far, you can't help but be impressed with our recruitment in putting it right. Need some big forwards who can bring biff into the centre of the park? Try James Gavet. Need a pacey, all-action full back who is one of the best up and coming defensive Number 1s in the game? Ashton Golding is your man. Line-running and speed in the pack? Kenny Edwards and Joe Wardle will tick that off.
Signing Aidan Sezer, though, provides you with something you can really tell the public about and get them off their seats. His last professional game was in the NRL Grand Final and his next professional game will be starting for Huddersfield in the Super League. That's a win for the town of Huddersfield, Super League and the Cowbell Army, who have been waiting patiently for the confirmation they might have feared would never get over the line.
Looking forward now to 2020, we have answered many of the sides problems from 2019. We now have an excellent mix of flair, experience and the youth that we're so passionate about. It will definitely be something for guys like Oliver Russell and Tom Holmes to look forward to - they'll be able to learn and develop from a guy who's played at the very highest level of the game and within the last few months. Ultimately, it shows that Huddersfield Giants mean business in 2020.
Sezer is a clutch kicker, a on-field general and what is impressive to note is his ability to regain his place in the side after his injury in the middle of the year. With an in-form Sam Williams staking a claim for his place, Sezer fought back into the side and marshalled the Raiders to their first 'Big Dance' in 25 years - playing a crucial role in getting the wins needed to get them far into the playoffs, something that we're looking to do in 2020.
I've been really impressed with what he's been saying in the past few days to us about his hopes and aspirations for the season ahead. I also particularly enjoyed the part in his interview where he mentioned his favourite players from the Super League-era, mentioning yours truly - the man really knows his stuff! He seems super keen to come to the Birthplace of Rugby League and at 28, not to mention coming off the back of one of the best seasons of his career, he's not coming over in the twilight of his career - we're going to see his best footy over the next two years.
All this confirms the commitment that Ken Davy, Richard Thewlis, Simon Woolford and the rest of the team have to the people of Huddersfield. What we need now is for you to back us. We have Super League's best value Season Card, although not for long with the Renewal deadline fast approaching this Monday, and a team featuring one of the very best players in Super League, even the game. We also have a core of young, hungry, Huddersfield-born players who are representing their town and their families. If you want to see local lads and world-class stars gracing the same pitch, look no further. Huddersfield is where you need to be in 2020.