Callum Thompson and Ed Barber have both committed to next season.

This season they have captained the team in difficult circumstances and next season will step up to be part of Danny Brough’s coaching team. Both will continue to play as normal but will be helping Danny with coaching duties along the way.
Callum signed for Huddersfield in 2016/17 and has been a mainstay of the front row and gained over 100 first team caps.
Ed joined the club last season having spent several seasons with Halifax Panthers and has become an integral part of the backline.
Callum said, “ I see the opportunity to play in North 1 next season as a positive. It has been obvious for a couple of seasons that a new approach was needed and Danny, Nick, Ed and I all share a similar vision.
We want to invest time and resource into developing players. We are looking to use North 1 as a platform to allow time for players to develop. In the past it has been difficult because young or less experienced players have had a baptism of fire in National 2. There is a huge step up from the leagues below and it can take time for players to find their feet.
I personally feel the club could have been more supportive with developing players in the past and changing that is a huge priority of mine. I have seen too many players come and go. We need to build a supportive environment that allows players real opportunity.
I look at clubs like Old Brods and Heath, Brods have a fantastic junior production line which I was part of and they then have a first class pathway to senior Rugby, unfortunately that pathway has never been able to provide National League Rugby so they lose lads that have ambition to play the highest level they can. We need to create that pathway but to ensure we can meet the ambition of lads that want to play National Rugby.
Whilst we have had many success stories in the recent past we have probably lost too many along the way. Particularly the lads that haven’t quite made it at first team level. The Second team is very important to the club and we need to ensure the lads understand that and feel that.
Then Heath, they haven’t got the same junior system but they have proven they are strong at recruiting lads from other clubs and integrating them into the heart of the club. That again is something we would like to create, we need to build a longer player cycle.
Huddersfield have the resource, capability and prestige to be the number 1 club for local players to enjoy their Rugby. We need to bring that to life. I believe that process has recently started and the atmosphere around the club feels fresh, we have a real sense of direction now.
In terms of recruitment, my ambition is to bring lads in that want to work hard and develop their game”
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