11th January 2019


The back-row forward joins on a swap deal with Jordan Rankin joining the Castleford Tigers

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Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers can announce a swap deal between the two clubs which will see Joe Wardle joining the Giants and Jordan Rankin coming to the Tigers.

Initially, the swap will be a loan deal between both parties but with interest from all sides to make this a permanent move sooner rather than later.

Wardle, the back-row forward and centre, previously spent five years at the Giants between 2011-2016, and returns to the club following spells at Newcastle Knights and the Tigers

Huddersfield Giants CEO Richard Thewlis said: “The move came about very quickly within the last 24 hours and we’ll be delighted to bring Joe back.

“He will fly back from camp over the weekend and we’ll see him for training Monday morning with the squad.

“Simon was looking for back row and centre competition and Joe clearly brings this to us and of course has the chance to play in Super League alongside his brother.”

Castleford Tigers’ Director of Rugby Jon Wells said: “Jordan is a player that I have admired for a few years now and we’d be delighted to welcome him to the Tigers.

“He’s a very experienced, high quality player who we think will be a great fit at the club. He is a fantastic competitor who can provide options in a number of positions and further strengthens our backline, so we can’t wait for him to get started with us.

“I would like to place on record our thanks to Huddersfield and Richard Thewlis for working with us on this and in particular Joe Wardle and his manager Iestyn Harris for their professionalism in what has been an uncertain time for Joe. We wish Joe all the very best in this next stage of his career.”



Heikki Kovalainen




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