11 Nov 2020

Giants retain origin star

Huddersfield Giants are pleased to announce the retention of Queensland and England back rower Chris McQueen on a one year deal. McQueen signed a short term trial deal in September and has gone on to make 8 appearances scoring two tries. Chris comes with a wealth of experience having made over 150 appearances in the NRL with South Sydney, Gold Coast Titans and the Wests Tigers and played with England in 2017 as well as wearing a coveted State of Origin shirt for Queensland in 2013 and 2014, Chris has played at the very highest level of the game and won the NRL Grand Final with South Sydney in 2014.

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said "Chris came to us on a trial basis with an understanding that we would like to retain him next year should things work out and I think everyone would agree that they have. He has been selected in every game possible and played virtually every minute establishing his position in the team with consistent quality performances. In all the conversations I have had with prospective coaches they all said what a fine player he is and a key part of our pack who they would want to see remain at the club should they get the position. The plaudits from our current coaches too are highly complementary for Chris both as a player and a person and this news will go down very well within the group. He will return to Australia for his break upon the completion of our season and come back to us in the new year to start pre-season training."

The strong running forward will add much needed punch and aggression to the Giants attack. McQueen stated "I'm very excited and very proud to extend my contract. Obviously, I came over here on a short term contract, my intention was to come over here and play some good footy and fit in with the squad and get the contract extension and that's what's happened."  When asked of his intentions towards 2021 McQueen said "I want success on the field and I want to play finals football. I want to see the Giants back on top, I've had a lot off success in my career and I want to bring some of it back here to this great club"