30th September 2013
Chris Bailey joins the Huddersfield Giants
Huddersfield Giants are delighted to announce that 31 year old Exiles player Chris Bailey will join the claret and gold ahead of the 2014 campaign on a two year contract. The back row forward has been a stand out player in his time in the UK with London Broncos scooping most of their awards and gaining selection for the Exiles game this season. Injury in that game prevented him from continuing during 2013 but he has now been passed fully fit by the Giants and expects to start pre season in November.
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis told www.giantsrl.com that Bailey was a highly sought after player:
“He was a hot property in a fairly skinny recruitment market for quality players its true to say. He has had some stellar seasons for London and players of his experience are few and far between with versatility of position being a key attribute of his. For him to choose our club is wonderful news as his clear remit in talks with his manager and himself was that he wanted to come to a club with genuine silverware ambition. We have that and it’s good that he recognises that and wants to add himself into what will be a competitive environment as we look to make further strides forward.”
Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson was delighted to secure Chris Bailey’s services:
“What he will bring is plenty of experience and a new dimension to us. He can play in numerous positions at 13, in the back row or as a half and therefore he has a lot of utility value. The role we have planned for him in and around the middle of the field will add another element to our attack. He’s got a lot of quality and has some good experience in the NRL with Manly and then a few years at London. He’s always someone we’ve had to look out for when we’ve played against them. Chris is not coming to the Giants to see his career out he has come to win something and challenge for honours and that was the key for me.”
Chris Bailey was delighted to be joining the Huddersfield Giants
“I am ecstatic to be joining Huddersfield Giants. They are a team with a strong Rugby League tradition and history, amazing fans and facilities,” said Chris Bailey. “I was talking to a few clubs both in the UK and overseas, but Huddersfield because of their focus on building a strong team over the past few years and the strength of the coaching team were always top of my list. I look forward to joining them in pre season for 2014 and again thank the Broncos for my time with them.”
Chris Bailey – Stats
Newcastle Knights 2006-2008 – 29 appearances 10 tries
Manly Sea Eagles 2009-10 – 46 appearances 7 tries
Harlequins/London Broncos – 71 appearances 18 tries
Exiles – 2013 Appearance
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