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GIANTS ACADEMY PROSPECT SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

21st March 2018

GIANTS ACADEMY PROSPECT SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

2017 Academy Player of the Year, Sam Hewitt, signs two year contract

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Huddersfield Giants U19s Academy star, Sam Hewitt, has signed a two year contract with the Club, keeping him with the Claret and Gold until the end of the 2020 season.

Having seen Kruise Leeming, Darnell McIntosh and Tyler Dickinson come through the Giants Academy to play first-team rugby, the 19-year-old was pleased to commit himself to the Club:

“I was really pleased to extend my contract and it wasn’t a difficult decision. It’s nice that Rick (Stone) and Andy (Kelly) has put a bit of faith into me by extending my contract and I’m grateful to them for that.

“There’s lots of players that I can look up to. I think me and Matty English are in a similar boat after he made the step up to first-team last season, he showed that he can mix it with the big boys in Super League when he played in the win away to Leeds and it’s something that I aspire to do.

“Hopefully there’ll be a chance for me to get some game time with a busy period coming up over Easter so there could be a chance for me there and if there is then I’ll make sure I take it.

“It’s great to be here for another couple of years and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.”

Giants Head Coach, Rick Stone, was happy to see the Giants back-rower make the step up:

“Sam’s a player that we’ve had earmarked for a while now. He displays some really good old-fashioned traits and is a real tough competitor that loves to mix it up. He’s sharp, with good feet, a good tackler, we’d like to see him fill out a bit but overall he’s got some really good rugby traits that sometimes you can’t instil on young blokes.

“If the opportunity arises then he may get some game-time. He’s the type of player that could bob his head up and get a game at some stage this year. We’ve committed to him for a couple of years and really believe that with the introduction of a little bit more full-time training and the ability to build his body up a little bit then he could be a genuine first-team player.

“He’s got the respect of our senior players for the way he goes about his work, whether it’s in the gym or on the field, he’s a quiet achiever that doesn’t say a lot, he lets his actions do the talking.

Having coached Hewitt in the Under 19s, Luke Robinson was delighted to see the talent in the Academy being recognised:

“I’m extremely pleased for Sam. He was our player of the year last season and rightly so. He’s been really consistent, I love the way he plays the game as he just likes to get stuck in. I think it’s good for us going forwards because we’ve got a really good group of lads within the Academy and it’s nice to have this pathway through to the first-team, if we can a few more through then it will only benefit the Club.

“There’s been a lot of good work that’s gone into the Academy from Chris Thorman, Andy Kelly, Steve Hardisty, the Strength and Conditioning Coaches, the Physios and many more. We’ve really tried to make strides in the Academy and the youth set-up as a whole and we feel that we are creating more and more players that are ready to play first-team level and hopefully that will continue.”

 

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