Olly Russell signs new Huddersfield deal

Drew Darbyshire

Huddersfield half-back Olly Russell has signed a new deal that will see him stay at the club until the end of 2022.

The 21-year-old has kicked 43 goals in 20 appearances for the Giants since making his first-team debut back in 2018.

Russell said: “I think the main reason I’ve re-signed is that I’m happy at the club.

“I’m growing as a player under the coaching staff and I’m learning from the older players Lee Gaskell and Aidan Sezer which is helping my development.

“There is also a good bunch of young lads that can do something quite special if we stick together. Obviously seeing that Sam Hewitt, Jake Wardle, Innes Senior, Louis Senior and Jon Luke Kirby re-signed made my decision so much easier. We had a decent side together in my last year in the academy and it gives me hope that we can pull that form together in a couple of years.

“The club is also making some good moves elsewhere to bring in a crop of young players, and signing some great talents like Ashton Golding.

“I’m aiming to get a starting shirt at the half-backs at the club, while learning from Gaskell and Sezer will help me at the moment, I definitely want to fight for a starting shirt in the next couple of years.”

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford added: “Russ is obviously a very important part of our future.

“In the opportunities he’s had to date, he’s always accounted himself very well. Currently he needs to remain patient, bide his time and learn as much as he can from Seze and Gasky.

“I know when he get his next opportunity he won’t let anyone down, we have full trust in Olly and know can get the  job done.

“We are lucky to have most of our great younger brigade now tied up, we see Ollie as an important part of that group moving forward.”

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