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Men’s Rugby League Stone wants answers over Huddersfield future

HUDDERSFIELD coach Rick Stone is in the dark over his future but said today that he would love to extend his stay in Super League.

The Giants have tied up five out-of-contract players since the start of the season, including mostly recently Danny Brough, but Stone says he has yet to begin talks on his own position.

The Australian was appointed on a two-and-a-half contract as the successor to Paul Anderson in July 2016 and, after helping them avoid relegation in his first season, guided Huddersfield to a top-eight finish in 2017.

Stone, who was assistant to England coach Wayne Bennett at Newcastle in the time between his head-coaching spells at the Knights, says he has unfinished business at the Giants.

“Ideally, I’d love to stay here and build some success that’s sustainable and keep the club in good health, making sure particularly some of the young boys who are coming through blossom,” Stone said at his weekly press conference.

“That would be great [to] see. It’s really important for a club [like] ours, who are not quite in the market as some of the bigger hitters to be able to produce our own talent.”

Stone insists he is not concerned over the uncertainty as he prepares his side for Thursday’s televised round-six game against Hull KR at the Kirklees Stadium.

He added: “My immediate focus is winning some games.

“Ideally everyone would like to know what their situation is but it doesn’t make any difference to how you prepare or what the results are so you’ve just got to get on with it.

“Maybe I’ll sit down and talk to [chair] Ken [Davy] and [managing director] Richard [Thewlis] in due course and find out what the future’s going to hold.

“Maybe they’re just waiting to see what happens as well themselves.”

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