Giants snap up English

Huddersfield have signed England youth captain Matthew English on a three-year professional contract.

English, 16, a front-row forward who plays for Wakefield amateur club Stanley Rangers, is following in the footsteps of last year's England youth skipper Liam Johnson, who has gone on to sign a full-time Super League contract with the Giants.

Huddersfield head of youth performance Andy Kelly said: "Matty had a number of academy options and we are delighted that he has chosen to further his development with the Huddersfield Giants.

"In signing with us he has shown faith in the systems we have in place and we are hopeful that now Matty English has signed more of our scholars will follow. I would also like to thank Sean Folan who was instrumental to his signing."

Huddersfield player performance manager Steve Hardisty added on the club's website:

\"Matty English is an all round level headed young man who is keen to learn and improve. Matty leads by example with his effort, work ethic, enthusiasm and his attitude to learn, listen and improve. He is infectious to his peers and he will set a standard for the rest of his teammates to follow.

"He has a great support system at home with his mum Janet and dad Tony who keep his feet on the ground and support him all the way with the Giants and England.

\"Last season, he won the under 16's Academy player of the year when he was playing a year higher than his age group which I think speaks volumes for his ability.\"