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Thorman leaves Giants

Huddersfield Giants have this morning confirmed that first team coach Chris Thorman has left the club, ending his six-year spell on the club’s staff.

Prior to taking a coaching role at the club, the former England international made a century of appearances for the West Yorkshire club and started his coaching career with York. Earlier in 2018, 38-year-old Thorman took the helm at Huddersfield after Rick Stone was sacked. During his spell as caretaker prior to Simon Woolford joining the club, the North East native took charge of ten matches.

In a short statement released on the club’s official website, managing director Richard Thewlis remarked of how well thought of Thorman is at the Giants. “Chris will be remembered fondly by the Giants supporters for his time both playing and coaching at the Club,” he outlined. “He is without doubt someone with the best interest of the Club at heart and I know this decision to move on was a very difficult one for him to take. We all here wish him well in the future.”

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Giants sign NRL and international star

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Huddersfield Giants have announced the signing of Fiji international Akuila Uate on a three-year deal from the NRL’s Manly Sea Eagles, the club have confirmed.

Uate, 31, was rumoured to be in discussions with the Giants earlier in the season but seemed to have gone cold. However, Simon Woolford’s team have managed to get the deal over the line and the winger or centre will be turning out in Huddersfield colours from 2019. With over two hundred NRL appearances to his name alongside over twenty international caps for both Australia and Fiji, Uate is a vastly experienced player and has played at the very top level throughout his career.

Head coach Woolford remarked of his delight at signing the powerful threequarter. “Akuila is a player with true class and pedigree having scored over 100 NRL tries and playing at the highest level internationally as well as in State of Origin, so we’re really excited to add him to our ranks for 2019,” he told the Giants’ website. “In Akuila Uate and Jermaine McGillvary we have two world class outstanding wingers who are capable of scoring some magnificent tries and making some big metres during games,” he added but, with Uate also capable of playing at centre, the Giants’ top try scorer in 2018 Darnell McIntosh may still be in the first team picture.

 

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Giants move for Frawley

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Huddersfield Giants have this morning confirmed the signing of Australian half-back Matt Frawley on a two-year-deal from Canterbury.

23-year-old Frawley has made in excess of thirty appearances for the Bulldogs in the NRL since his 2017 debut and moves to the Giants to team up with head coach Simon Woolford, a man who was first-team hooker at Canberra while Frawley was making his way in the Raiders’ under-20s team. “We’re both from Canberra so we’ve got something in common there and I’m really looking forward to working with him and developing my game under him,” Frawley told the media. “When the opportunity came up to play for him at the Giants I jumped at it straight away,” he added.

Woolford spoke of his new acquisitions strengths and believes that he can help the Giants build on their strong second half of 2018. “He’s still only young so he’s got some things to learn but we feel we can mould him into our team nicely and he will do a really good job. He’s a good organiser with a good kicking game, particularly short kicking game, defensively he’s pretty solid too and that’s what we need, someone who can take control of the game,” the Huddersfield head coach remarked.

Frawley’s arrival will, in all probability, see him slot in as one of the Giants’ two first choice half-backs and paves the way for the experienced Danny Brough to complete his move to Wakefield Trinity.