Olly Russell: Huddersfield half-back commits long-term future to Giants

Drew Darbyshire
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Huddersfield half-back Olly Russell has signed a new long-term contract that will see him stay with the Giants until at least the end of 2024.

The 23-year-old joined the Giants in the academy from Wigan. He played an important role in Huddersfield’s route to the Academy Grand Final in 2018.

Russell made his first team debut for Huddersfield in 2018 and has since made 30 appearances for the club.

On his new deal, Russell said: “I’m over the moon to have signed a new deal. I’m very happy here at the Giants.

“I’m getting game time at the minute. I intend to keep working hard to try and fight for my position.

“I’m learning a lot from Ian Watson, the staff and senior players. I feel like this is the environment I need to be in right now for my own development.

“I have family ties to this club and every time I run out as a Giant I’m proud to wear the shirt.”

Russell has played in all six of Huddersfield’s matches in Super League this season, providing four assists.

Huddersfield coach on Olly Russell: He has been absolutely exceptional for the team

Giants boss Ian Watson said: “It’s fantastic news that Olly has re-signed. Since I’ve been at the club Olly’s worked really hard and because of that he’s now an experienced and confident player.

“He’s been absolutely exceptional for the team this year and his defence has been outstanding. His defence is a factor in him playing more games and being more confident because of that.

“He now sees himself as a first team player rather than a kid. That’s why he’s been awarded a new contract.”

Russell is the son of former Wigan, Oldham and Castleford winger Richard Russell, who won a cap for England in 1995 whilst with the Tigers.

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