1 Dec 2020
Giants Sign Rising England Academy Star
The Huddersfield Giants have shown their long term commitment to improving their senior squad with the signing of one of the countries top England academy Internationals. George Roby, the 18 year old England academy hooker, has signed a two year deal making the journey over the Pennines where he last played for the Warrington Wolves academy. Roby had yet to make his debut for the Wolves first team but won many accolades in both his time as a scholar and academy player as he rose through the ranks.
George Roby spoke to WWW.GIANTSRL.COM “I’m just buzzing to get started, I’m raring to go and it’s great to be getting started at a big club like Huddersfield, the stadium is absolutely unbelievable. I’ve signed a two year deal and my ambition is to play Super League, but first I want to prove what I can do in training and then hopefully I can play first team. Ian Watson is one of the best coaches in the world at the minute and It’s obvious that the club have got some big names like Aidan Sezer, I’ve watched Aidan play NRL and if I could play alongside him it would just be incredible. I’ve been on a lot of zoom calls with the academy and it’s just amazing. The set up that they have is incredible and Huddersfield is a club that gives the young lads opportunities, so it was a no brainer to sign the deal.”
Roby will get the benefit of working alongside the established Giants hooker Adam O Brien and newly signed England Knights hooker James Cunningham whilst in the first team environment, and of course former England international hooker Luke Robinson remains at the club as Ian Watsons assistant coach.
Huddersfield Giants Managing Director, Richard Thewlis said “This is another move concluded some time back which, given the academy are due to return to training at the weekend, is appropriate to announce now. The availability and possibility to sign any of the current England Academy squad is something that the club constantly monitors and we were delighted when George contacted us earlier in the year. His playing abilities are well known to Andy Kelly of course and Kim Williams has seen him in International action in Wales for England so for George to approach us shows a number of things in my view. Firstly, that he views Huddersfield as a club where younger players get opportunities and secondly, that having looked round and spoken to the coaches he can see how his game can develop here. I know that he spoke to Robson Stevens prior to joining and he will link up in the middle of the field with him and Alfie Schultz in what we believe should be an outstanding front row at Under 19 level. George like Robson, Alfie and Aidan (McGowen) will be full time with us and have a planned start in early December with the academy ahead of the first team returning to training later in the month”