Huddersfield forward Sebastine Ikahihifo signs new three-year deal

Huddersfield forward Sebastine Ikahihifo has signed a three-year contract extension until the end of 2021.

The 27-year-old prop forward, who was Huddersfield’s player of the year and named in the Super League Dream Team in 2017, is the second player to commit his future to the Giants in a week following Oliver Roberts’ decision to sign a new long-term contract.

“Seb was a revelation last year with what he did,” Giants coach Rick Stone said, whose side host leaders St Helens on Friday.

“He made more tackle breaks than anyone else in the competition, the second most offloads and was up there for the metres made count. His effort is tremendous every week and he has made a big impact.

“We’re starting to get through and shore up the team with the people that we want to keep long term, which is very important if we’re going to build a team that is going to be successful.

“Seb is one of the cornerstones for us and everyone will be happy to have him here for a long while.”

Auckland-born Ikahihifo, who joined Huddersfield on a two-and-a-half year deal from St George Illawarra in May 2016, said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract. I want to achieve something for Huddersfield and build something special here. I am very ambitious.

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“I think when you look back over the past 10 years, everyone looks at the 2013 League Leaders Shield win but I want to build on that and do something that Huddersfield will remember for the next 20 years.”