Lunt set to re-join Giants

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Shaun Lunt will return to Huddersfield Giants after his loan spell at Leeds
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Shaun Lunt will return to Huddersfield Giants after his loan spell at Leeds

Hooker Shaun Lunt, a member of Leeds' Grand Final-winning team, will be back with Huddersfield in 2013 after being recalled from his loan spell.

The 25-year-old former Workington player spent most of the 2012 season on loan with the Rhinos after losing his place at Huddersfield.

Lunt spoke of his desire to stay at Headingley in the immediate aftermath of Leeds' 26-18 win over Warrington at Old Trafford 10 days ago, but he has three years left on his contract with the Giants, who say it was the player's own decision to return.

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: "The decision was his to make so for Shaun to now return is excellent news.

"Everyone knows how tough and narrow the market for quality players is so for Shaun to come back is really really good for us.

"It's like a new signing in many respects and he returns to us with the experience of playing in the two major finals and winning at Old Trafford."

Lunt fell behind fellow hookers Luke Robinson, David Faiumu, Scott Moore and Tommy Lee in the pecking order at Huddersfield, but Moore and Lee have both moved on and new head coach Paul Anderson says he will be his first-choice hooker next season.

"It will be good to have Lunty back and clearly he will have benefited massively from his experiences at the Leeds club and in particular their ability to win the big games," Anderson said.

"I see him as playing solely at hooker next year for us working off the back of what space and opportunities the forwards will give him."

Lunt will join new signings Brett Ferres, Ukuma Ta'ai, Anthony Mullally, Stuart Fielden and Ben Blackmore at Huddersfield in 2013.

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