Huddersfield snap up Reiss Butterworth

Huddersfield have signed promising hooker Reiss Butterworth from Bradford on a three-year deal.

The 19-year-old has spent time with Castleford this season but he has joined the Giants on a deal until the end of the 2021 season.

Butterworth will link up with his new team-mates in pre-season.

On his move to the Giants, he said: “It’s been a long process getting everything over the line but I’m really looking forward to starting in November and being able to crack on.

“My first senior appearance was at the John Smith’s Stadium for Bradford Bulls in Luke Robinson’s Testimonial game, I came on and really enjoyed it. The stadium is such a big ground and the fans are great, I really enjoyed my debut and feel I had a good game too.

“I know Adam O’Brien from my time at Bradford and he helped me along when I was 16 or 17 years-old, watching him and Kruise Leeming in Super League you can see their talent, so I’m looking forward to learning off them both and Simon Woolford to make myself a better player.

“It will be good to be able to train full-time and enjoy the experience with the coaching staff. I’ve had a meeting already and it sounds like it’s going to be tough. I’m looking forward to getting into pre-season to make myself fitter, sharper and better ready for when the season comes.”

Huddersfield head coach Simon Woolford is glad to have Butterworth at the club.

He said: “With Hinchy (Ryan Hinchcliffe) retiring we have a space for a third hooker to put pressure on Adam and Kruise and the coaches have been watching Reiss closely for a good while now both in the Bradford and Castleford academy as well as during his spell at Batley.

“He’s a strong lad for his age with skills that we feel we can build on if he’s prepared to work hard which in the chats we’ve had I reckon he’s up for so it’s good that we are able to give him an opportunity.

“He’ll jump into training alongside the first-year professionals Olly Russell, Jake Wardle and the like and let’s see where he is in early January when the trial games come around.”