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Purtill signs new Giants deal

Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Kieron Purtill has signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

Purtill, who is also the England Knights coach, is in his second spell with the Giants having rejoined the club in July 2012.

He has also coached at St Helens and the Canadian national team after being forced to retire as a player through injury.

The Giants finished top of the Super League table last season before losing in the play-off semi-finals to Warrington.

"We have made some great strides as a club and I was proud to be part of the group that lifted the League Leaders' Shield for the first time in 81 years," Purtill, who is the number two to head coach Paul Anderson, told the club website.

"Our challenge is to keep moving forward and improving and I am happy that the club wanted me to be part of that process.

"Whilst the strength of the squad is clear for all to see I am also very encouraged by the talent now pushing forward from the junior ranks.

"All consistently successful clubs need highly talented and motivated players and I think that the plans we have in place here can ensure that the future is very bright indeed."

Experience

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis added: "Kieron is a highly respected rugby league coach throughout the sport and is probably the most experienced assistant in the game.

"I believe he will become a top flight head coach in the fullness of time and his partnership with Paul Anderson works wonderfully well for us.

"He is one of the relatively few level four coaches in the game and has been operating in Super League for over 10 years now which in itself gives him a raft of contacts and relationships all of which benefit us and him."