Huddersfield confirm capture of Championship star

Drew Darbyshire

Huddersfield have signed Wales international Chester Butler from Halifax on a three-year deal from 2020.

The 23-year-old is the son of former footballer, Peter Butler, and the grandson of Wales rugby league legend, Colin Dixon.

Butler, who can play centre or back-row, will make the step up to being a full-time professional from next year.

On joining Huddersfield, Butler said: “It feels like a dream come true to sign for Huddersfield.

“I’ve always wanted to go full-time and properly test my abilities out, which I haven’t been able to do part-time. I’m looking forward to what I can do to my body and what I can learn to make me the best player possible.

“I can’t wait to play Super League with the Giants. It has been a dream of mine to play in the Super League and to get the opportunity to be able to do so is amazing.

“Huddersfield is a club close to home and a team I’ve always watched since I was younger. Giants to me just felt right after speaking to Simon Woolford, I felt he could bring the best out of me as a person and player and was one of the main reason of wanting to join Huddersfield.”

Giants coach Simon Woolford added: “Chester has a good physicality about him and he can see a path into our starting line-up which is good if his pre-season goes well.

“He’s relatively late into the game and hasn’t done the usual academy pathway but has a chance with us to build up his fitness and strength to Super League level over the off-season which will be very important.

“I’m not fixed on back-row or centre for him at this stage and his versatility is a great trait for any player to have.

“He shows a natural affinity to the game and clearly has developed to the stage where he was a pretty hot property in the market and someone who quite a few clubs wanted.”

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