Huddersfield have signed Bradford youngster George Flanagan Jr on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Flanagan, 17, will remain with the Bulls for the 2023 season, training with Huddersfield throughout the year, before linking up with the Giants full-time in December next year.
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said: “This is a move with an eye on the longer term and George will replace Will Pryce in next year’s squad. We would like to thank everyone at Bradford for the manner in which this has been approached and this arrangement suits both clubs and the player.
“George is very ambitious to go full-time at the earliest opportunity and this deal allows that, while he will also play the entire 2023 season at the Bulls alongside his father to aid his development in First-Team Rugby League.
“We view his choice to join the Giants in a very positive light as he had his pick of probably every Betfred Super League side, such is his growing reputation and rather than wait we felt it best to move now with permission of the Bulls and secure his future.”
Will Pryce is leaving Huddersfield at the end of next season to join Newcastle Knights in the NRL.
Excited to link up with Giants coach and star players
Flanagan made his first team debut at the age of 17, scoring a try in a game where he played alongside his father George.
A full-back or half-back, Flanagan started playing rugby league at the age of five, following in his dad’s footsteps.
He started out at community club Birkenshaw Blue Dogs, before being signed to the scholarship system at Odsal.
Flanagan said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Giants, I can’t wait to get started and to sign for such a big club like Huddersfield, it’s a massive move for me and my family.
“The chance to work with Ian Watson is massive for me, He is one of the best in the coaches in the game and for a young lad like me I feel I can learn a lot from him and he will make me a better player.
“I will learn plenty from players like Kevin Naiqama, Tui Lolohea and Jake Connor. They are massive names in the game and I hope I can learn from them when training and hopefully playing with them.
“I cannot wait to hopefully get the chance to play in such a great stadium and play in front of the fans, show them what I can do in a Giants shirt. I will always give 100% effort and I always want to win every time I step onto that pitch.”