DavidWattsGIANTS mainstay David ‘Tintin’ Watts will join NBL1 club Derby for the new season.

Tintin will line up along side brother Dan and study for a masters degree at Derby University.

It brings to an end a three-season association with the Giants – though the popular forward has not ruled out returning in the future.

Tintin penned an open letter to Giants fans and supporters.

He said: “We have had mixed fortunes over my three years at the club and had to endure some heart breaking losses as well as some great victories, but the support from our hardcore fans was a constant.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone that took the time and spent their hard earned money to come and watch me and friends play the game that we love for the city we love to represent.

“It honestly breaks my heart but I will remember all the great times and the awesome people I have met over my three years at the club. It_