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Former Huddersfield Giants star reveals ‘new lease of life’ following exit

Since linking up with the Robins for pre-season, Sam Wood has hailed the move to Craven Park as a ‘new lease of life’ for him as he prepares for a debut season with Hull KR.

Able to play across the backline, in addition to second row and halfback, the 6’3 utility man had amassed 49 Super League appearances for Huddersfield Giants before signing an initial one-year deal with the Red and Whites for 2022.

With just under a month of pre-season left, Wood has already begun to settle into life in East Yorkshire:

“It’s been a fantastic experience. Moving here has been a new lease of life for me. I’ve been looking forward to training every day and getting to know my new teammates. That’s not only on the field but outside of rugby too, it’s key for building those relationships between us all.

“So far, it’s been a great pre-season. We’ve had good intensity to our sessions. It will probably get more rugby-related when we get back after the Christmas break. In terms of the work we’ve put in, we’ve been fantastic.”

After signing for Hull KR, Sam Wood had a quick turnaround to impress the Red Army as the Robins travelled to Huddersfield weeks later.

On the night, Huddersfield ran out 40-28 winners with the 24-year-old amongst the Giants’ scorers. However, it was the Red Army’s reaction to Wood’s breakaway try that stood out to him:

“I can’t wait until they’re on my side! To be honest I think they were on my side a bit that night after I scored. I can’t wait to hear that week in, week out with the fans are filling up Craven Park and making the place rock.

Wood noted that the team is focused on progressing further in 2022, with him happy to play wherever in the side to help them achieve their goals:

“We’re all similar in terms of what we want to do – we want success. We’ve got to have more conversations about what our smaller goals are during the season – but that will come.

“I’m happy to play anywhere for this team. Whatever is needed come game time, I’ll play there. I’m just focused on playing well and week in, week out.

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