Ex-Wigan Warriors star Harry Rushton has signed for a shock Super League club.
The 20-year-old has been plying his trade at the Canberra Raiders for the past couple of years after leaving the DW Stadium.
But, Rushton will now head back to the UK and straight to the John Smith’s Stadium – though he will link up with the team, he will not start playing until 2023.
“It’s a major capture for us, in terms of his stature and age everything that he bring to the rugby field and himself as a person,” Watson said.
“It gives us a really good look of going forward in the future of building around a young British pack.
“I wanted to talk to him straightaway when I found he was available. It’s happened really quickly, it was something we were looking at.
“I’ve been watching his games playing in the NSW competition for Canberra. I remember speaking to Richard (Thewlis – Managing Director at Huddersfield) about him about being a great British kid who can defend with a great ball playing ability. and then a week down the line I got a phone call that he was potentially available.
Watson has also revealed what clinched the deal for Rushton to come over, despite interest
“I explained to him what we were doing and where we are trying to go to.
“Canberra wanted to keep him but I believe there was interest over here and there is going to be for that quality of player.
“I’m made up that he’s chosen Huddersfield.”
In doing so, Rushton joins Kevin Naiqama in signing on the dotted line for 2023 as Ian Watson looks to tinker with his squad in order to propel the Giants to further glory.
The Huddersfield boss is building a great legacy at the John Smith’s Stadium, with his determination to mould a young, British pack that can be the cornerstone of the Giants’ squad for years to come.