George Roby: Huddersfield hooker loaned to Championship club

Drew Darbyshire
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Huddersfield have loaned young hooker George Roby to Championship club Whitehaven on an initial two-week loan deal.

Earlier this week, the 19-year-old signed a new deal with the Giants that will see him stay with the club until at least the end of 2023.

Roby joined Huddersfield from Warrington back in 2020. He has featured for the club’s academy and reserves since then as well as enjoying a loan spell with League 1 outfit North Wales Crusaders.

Whitehaven coach Jonty Gorley said: “With the injuries we have at the moment with Alex Bishop and James Newton we were on the lookout for a nine.

“George has been offered to us for an initial period of two weeks, this is great news for us and hopefully he will slot right in. I don’t think he will have a problem with this, as he comes with a good pedigree. He’s in a full-time environment at Huddersfield and he has also played England Academy.

“He has all all the attributes of a good nine. He looks very sharp out of dummy half and also looks like he can defend well in the middle.

“This opportunity also gives George the chance to play at a higher level than reserve-grade and hopefully enhance his opportunities at Huddersfield, so this loan period is a win-win for both clubs.”

Huddersfield see plenty of potential in George Roby

Speaking shortly after Roby signed his new deal, Huddersfield coach Ian Watson said: “He’s really matured and developed while he’s been with us, so he’s been rightly rewarded with a new contract.

“His attitude off the field has improved massively and he’s been driving the players in the right direction and encouraging people to be better.

“As well as him developing on the field, the big thing for me has been his developing off the field. We’ve rewarded that development with a one-year deal and we’ll see where we go from there.”

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