Huddersfield land Samoa star James Gavet

Huddersfield Giants have completed the signing of Newcastle Knights and Samoa forward James Gavet.

The 29-year-old has joined the club on a two-year deal and becomes the club’s third signing ahead of the 2020 season.

Gavet, who played 11 times for the Knights last season, has played 74 NRL games during spells at Canterbury, West Tigers, Brisbane, New Zealand Warriors and the Knights.

Gavet is currently with the Samoa squad for their Autumn international calendar and will join up with the Giants in December.

“We were looking to add some size and aggression to our pack, we identified a number of options and James was, we felt, the best person to fill that role,” said head coach Simon Woolford.

“James had a number of options including some top Super League clubs, so we’re thankful to James and his management for making the choice to come to Huddersfield and we feel this is a major coup for the club”

“We feel its a very significant signing for the club moving forward in our quest to become a top five Super League team.”

Gavet added: “I spoke to guys that I’ve played with, like Suaia Matagi and Ukuma Ta’ai and they told me about the talent in the squad and how well the team should have done last year.

“They said that the position on the ladder didn’t represent the potential the team had and I have always rated them and their honesty. They are people I know and trust. I hope I can strengthen them and help them fulfil their potential. From what I’ve heard, they are heading in the right direction.

“I hope I can be the piece that fits perfectly to complete the puzzle. I’m looking forward to the rivalries, I’ve heard they are another level over there and representing your colours in front of the crowd is a big deal. There’s big, crazy crowds and big pommies frothing at the mouth to get a piece of you – I want to get a piece of them too.”