Giants sign top prospect
Huddersfield Giants have secured on a three year deal the signature of 21 year old prop forward Anthony Mullally from Widnes Vikings. The club have paid an undisclosed transfer fee for the 6’5” 17 stone plus youngster who spent last year with the Brisbane Broncos and he will link up with the squad in November of this year after his commitments to his current club are completed.
Mullally spoke of his excitement at becoming a Giant: “Huddersfield are a leading club in Super League and have been for a number of years with predominantly a young English based team which I am looking forward to joining. I know I will have a big fight to get a spot in the first seventeen each week because the squad is so strong but there can be few better than Paul Anderson to learn off in respect of prop play. I hear nothing but good reports of all aspects of the set up at Huddersfield and I will be moving across to live there after this season has finished.
“For now though I enjoyed my loan time at Whitehaven which I think was another good experience for me and I would like to thank everyone at Widnes for the help they have given me over the years there as a junior and wish them well for the future.”
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said “Anthony was identified a long time back by us as being a prodigious talent and the year in Australia confirmed that from the reports we received. He joins a growing list of young English players that have chosen the Giants to further their careers and we are absolutely delighted to have him on board. He has a considerable physical presence already but also he has pace and a determination to improve his game. We demonstrate clear progressions now of turning younger professional players into regular Super League players and then Knights and ultimately for the absolute elite full England team. I must pay tribute here to the work that all the coaches put into the players to enable them to keep progressing and I look forward to seeing how Anthony will slot into our club in November and push his claims through the off season for a starting shirt.”
Thewlis also confirmed that this would not be the last signing that the Giants fans should expect ahead of the Paul Anderson era: “We do hope to be able to add more new faces into the squad next year but it should be remembered that we have already given extended and improved long term contracts to the vast majority of our younger players which given the low numbers of quality players available in the game can now clearly be seen to have been the right policy. Obviously though the situation at Bradford could dramatically change the player market and I am sure that all clubs are watching how things will unfold there.”