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12th March 2018, 12:05 | Huddersfield

Stone unclear over Giants future

Stone unclear over Giants future

Huddersfield Giants coach Rick Stone is in the dark over his future but admits he would love to extend his stay in Betfred Super League.

The Giants have tied up five out-of-contract players, including mostly recently Danny Brough, since the start of the season but Stone says he has yet to begin talks over his own position.

The 51-year-old Australian was appointed on a two-and-a-half contract as the successor to Paul Anderson in July 2016 and, after helping them avoid relegation in his first season, guided Huddersfield to a top-eight finish in 2017.

Stone, who was assistant to England coach Wayne Bennett at Newcastle in the time between his head coaching spells at the Knights, says he has unfinished business at the Giants.

“Ideally, I’d love to stay here and build some success that’s sustainable and keep the club in good health, making sure particularly some of the young boys who are coming through, blossom,” Stone said at his weekly press conference.

“That would be great (to) see. It’s really important for a club (like) ours, who are not quite in the market as some of the bigger hitters to be able to produce our own talent.”

Stone insists he is not concerned over the uncertainty as he prepares his side for Thursday’s televised round six game against Hull KR at the John Smith’s Stadium.

He added: “My immediate focus is winning some games.

“Ideally everyone would like to know what their situation is but it doesn’t make any difference to how you prepare or what the results are so you’ve just got to get on with it.

“Maybe I’ll sit down and talk to (chairman) Ken (Davy) and (managing director) Richard (Thewlis) in due course and find out what the future’s going to hold.

“Maybe they’re just waiting to see what happens as well themselves.”