22nd June 2015


Ryan Hinchcliffe to join the Claret and Gold

Foster Care

Huddersfield Giants are delighted to announce that Melbourne Storm star Ryan Hinchcliffe has agreed a three-year deal with the claret and gold and will fly into the UK in late November for pre-season training. The 30 year old forward is a member of the Storm leadership group and captained the side in their recent NRL game with Penrith. Hinchcliffe was tipped to replace Robbie Farah in the State of Origin game this week had Farah failed a fitness test and Head Coach Paul Anderson told of his happiness to add such quality to his 2016 squad:

“This is a huge signing for our club and in truth Ryan has been our number one target to bring in for quite some time now. He is a quality nine but equally at home at loose forward. He has been in one of the best environments in Rugby League at Melbourne for seven years now being an automatic pick in the side. His defensive efforts are up there with the best and I particularly like what he will bring with his leadership and experience in big games. You simply don’t get to lead the Melbourne Storm side out unless you have very special qualities and his NRL record is outstanding.  We are looking forward immensely to welcoming him and his family to our club.”

Ryan Hinchcliffe commented: “Firstly I want to thank everyone at the Storm from the players and coaches to the fans and especially Craig Bellamy with whom I have enjoyed some special years. My time here has been the best of my life and it was a huge decision we had to make as a family regarding leaving. Huddersfield made their interest known quite some time back and I’ve had a few chats with coach Paul Anderson about the team and what he’s looking for. They’ve been close to the top for a few years and I hope that I can help them build on that. The reality is though it’s a big move for me and the family to a new culture and we hope we can repay Huddersfield’s faith in us. For now my focus is purely on finishing well here at the Melbourne Storm and then the focus will shift to the UK and Huddersfield. Where I look forward to the challenges it presents."

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said “We are indebted to contacts in Australia for assisting in the signing of Ryan Hinchliffe who in anyone’s eyes is an outstanding capture for us. To have a man who a few weeks ago was tipped by the Sydney media to break into the Origin team shows we are getting a player at the very top of his game. This is a signing we’ve been working towards for a good while and certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with the new RFL cap regulations which we continue to lobby against. Indeed the retention of talent which we were told would be a gain from the new regulations hasn’t seemed to work with Catalans who lost a local lad following the SL meeting to the NRL and at Saints where a young player has gone to Rugby Union which seems to have gone amiss in the media. Our focus though remains on attracting the very best young UK talent alongside the odd overseas player or two who can bring genuine extra value to the Club on and off the field which we are confident we have done in Ryan and Sam Rapira.”


Heikki Kovalainen




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