Ireland rugby league prodigy joins Huddersfield

Ireland international Ronan Michael has signed a one-year contract with Huddersfield’s first-team after impressing in the academy.

Michael, who hails from Ballbriggan in Ireland, only took up rugby league in 2017 with Longhorns RL in Ashbourne.

The prop was selected for Ireland in 2018, earning three caps in the European Championship. He will be a first-team player with the Giants in 2020 after catching the eye while on trial in the club’s academy.

Michael said: “I’m buzzing to have signed, it’s an amazing opportunity to play with a great bunch of blokes.

“I think I’ve had a good dig this year and I’m ready to get in with the lads and get well involved with pre-season. I know it will be tough, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity.

“I just hope what I put in gets reciprocated and I can show to the first-team coaches that I can put in the effort and I’ll be ready for the call up.

“I’ve appreciated the effort that they’ve put in with me – I’ve learned a lot along the way.”

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