19th July 2017


New look Commercial Team for Huddersfield Giants

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Huddersfield Giants are pleased to announce that Brian Blacker has been promoted to the position of Commercial Manager.

The new-look team headed by Commercial Director Andrew Watson, sees Blacker take up the Commercial Manager role supported by Club Ambassador Eorl Crabtree and administrator Bev Meadows.

Former player Blacker, who returned to the Club in 2014 as Commercial Executive, first signed for Huddersfield at the age of 19, he later went on to play for Barrow and then Hull FC before returning to Fartown, playing under Alex Murphy. Following retirement Blacker later became Assistant Coach and also held the position of Academy Coach.

 Commenting on the news, new Commercial Director Andrew Watson said:

 "I am delighted to announce that we have promoted Brian Blacker to the position of commercial manager. In my short time at the Giants, I have been nothing other than impressed with Brian. He is not just an ‘ex player’ but an experienced executive who clearly is respected by our customers.

"Our aim is to provide magnificent customer service, over and above any contract we sign, and in Brian, club ambassador Eorl Crabtree and administrator Bev Meadows we have the perfect team to deliver that.

"As part of the ‘new’ team, Eorl will also now deliver our main partner contracts, again looking to deliver over and above on any contract we sign, to provide Claret and GOLD STANDARD Customer Service. It is our USP that we can have such great former players, who now think commercially, and deliver the service we want to our customers, both face to face in their offices and on game days. Our club has real personality, with the likes of Brian, Eorl and Bev serving our customers, and sponsors also being able to mix with the coach, players, right up to the Managing Director Richard Thewlis, Board of Directors and Chairman Ken Davy on game days.

"Making this appointment will allow me to add value to the commercial team by concentrating on strategic matters for Brian, Eorl and Bev and to work on the other commercial activities that are important to the Club."

Brian Blacker was pleased to become Huddersfield Giants Commercial Manager:

 “I joined as Commercial Executive in 2014 and the last three and a half years have been excellent.  The Club is so close to my heart and I’m delighted to be given this new opportunity. After 34 years in engineering, to actually come and be involved in Super League is fantastic for me and it’s nice to be able to put a bit back into the game and this great Club.”

“When the opportunity arose I was excited for the challenge ahead and for the chance to help the Giants prosper commercially. I’m relishing the chance to get to work a bit more closely with Andrew (Watson) and Eorl Crabtree. Andrew has already had a very positive impact, he’s come in with a lot of good ideas which gel alongside my aspirations for the Club and hopefully together we can push through and deliver the Claret and Gold standard.”

For all Giants Commercial Enquiries email or call 01484 484145.



Heikki Kovalainen





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