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Roche makes Giants step up

Huddersfield Giants have today announced the signing of Colton Roche from Bradford Bulls on a two-year deal.

24-year-old Roche, who has played internationally for Ireland, told the club website that he cannot wait to get started:

“I’m definitely excited. It’s a club that as soon as they gave me a call and asked me to join I jumped at the chance.

“Just being in the changing room and around the stadium, with all due to respect to the Championship Clubs, this is a different world and I’m really looking forward to the professionalism at this Club and to make myself a better player in every opportunity I get.”

There are several former Bulls players already at the Giants and Roche admitted he had spoken to them about the move:

“I’d actually spoken to Adam O’Brien before the move and he had nothing to say but good things about the Club and that made my decision a bit easier. It will be good to get behind some other experienced players and hopefully I’ll get some appearances under my belt.

“I just want to get in the side as early as possible and to be consistent all year to make sure I improve every game.”

Giants Head Coach Rick Stone commented: 

“He’s a young lad we feel deserves an opportunity in full-time Super League. He’s a forward that can operate in a number of roles and offer greater depth to our squad and we look forward to seeing how he progresses in 2018 pre-season training.”

You can download the latest Rugby League on Radio Yorkshire podcast in which Garry Schofield, Phil Caplan, Mark Wilson and Richard Shaw Wright review the Grand Final and reviews the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Australia.

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