Exclusive: Huddersfield Giants star reveals he almost quit rugby league

Rugby league is a cutthroat sport at the best of times, but when a mix of injuries and the absence of a chance hits a player, it can often be the signal of the end.

That’s what was going through the head of Huddersfield Giants’ signing Olly Ashall-Bott after an uncertain off-season with no new contract placed in front of him.

The diminutive fullback had signed a short-term deal with the Giants in 2021 to take him through to the end of the season, but after that there was little clue about whether or not he would stay at the John Smith’s Stadium.

That being said, Ashall-Bott was always keen to stay.

“To be honest I always wanted to stay at Huddersfield,” Ashall-Bott told Serious About Rugby League.

“It’s a great set up with a awesome bunch of lads and coaches and I didn’t really want to leave.

The uncertainty over the off-season, however, almost left the 24-year-old changing career completely away from the sport.

“I was actually working in my mates coffee shop over the off season helping him out and thought that could have been my new career.

“I always wanted to stay in rugby league, though, if a team wanted me.”

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