Huddersfield hooker makes Championship loan move

Drew Darbyshire
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Huddersfield youngster George Roby has returned to Swinton on loan for the rest of the 2023 Championship season.

The hooker has made five appearances for Bradford on loan so far this season, but the Giants said his loan with the Bulls was cancelled.

Roby now returns to Swinton, where he scooped the League 1 Young Player of the Year award last season after helping the Lions win promotion, scoring 10 tries in as many appearances.

Roby said: “I’m delighted to be given a second opportunity to come back to Swinton Lions.

“I want to thank Steve Wild and Allan Coleman for working so hard over the last couple of days to get it sorted, and now it’s time to kick on and help the boys hit some form.

“I enjoyed every minute of my time last year at Swinton, and for me that’s what it’s all about – enjoying my rugby again.”

Swinton coach Allan Coleman said: “It’s great to get George back on a season-long loan.

“He brings great energy to the team and his form last season with us was terrific and instrumental towards us getting promotion.

“He’s since been great for Bradford on loan, and has shown that he can compete at this level.

“We are always looking to strengthen and George’s signing will certainly do that for us. Big shout out to our Board and to Pridebuilder as well for ensuring the deal could be done.”

Swinton boss delighted to welcome George Roby back to Heywood Road

Lions chief executive Steve Wild said: “George loved his time at Swinton last season, and once we became aware that he might potentially be available again, I contacted Huddersfield Giants and was really pleased that we were able to quickly agree terms in time to make him available for our trip to Sheffield on Monday.

“I therefore want to thank Richard Thewlis and his colleagues at the Giants for enabling the loan.

“I also want to give out a massive thank you to Pridebuilder for their crucial contribution towards the financial costs.

“Hopefully Pridebuilder members will be delighted to see their generous contributions being utilised to bring in such a proven quality player as George.”

Roby is in contention to play for Swinton in Monday’s televised Championship clash with Sheffield.

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