Huddersfield bring Butler in early

Huddersfield Giants have signed Halifax centre Chester Butler on loan for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old had already signed for the club for 2020 but will arrive early after the Giants secured his services before last week’s transfer deadline in the aim of easing their current injury crisis.

He will remain part-time until November but will be available for Huddersfield’s final four games of the season.

“I’ve trained today and met all the lads and I’m ready to go if Simon thinks I can do a job,” Butler said. “I had planned obviously to come in later in the year but there is a chance now and I’m happy to work around training and start the process of integrating into the club.”

Giants head coach Simon Woolford added: “It made sense to have another player available in the run in and a fresh face. Chester will train today with us and we’ll have a look at him in both the centres and backrow area.

“Whilst he’ll remain part time to fulfil the promises he’s made to his employer I’m sure we can get enough work into him if we need him to step up and make his Super League debut.

“It will be a challenge for him, but it will put some pressure on some of our guys knowing he’s there ready to have a crack.”