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Matt Frawley opens up on Huddersfield Giants spell and says he’ll be ‘a different player’ for Leeds Rhinos

New Leeds Rhinos recruit Matt Frawley has said he will be a ‘different player’ to the one he was during his spell at Huddersfield Giants. 

The halfback has moved to Headingley this off-season from the Canberra Raiders, however this won’t be his first time in West Yorkshire. The Australian back had a brief spell at Leeds’ West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants in 2019-making 22 appearances for the club.

Speaking to the Rhinos YouTube Channel, Frawley detailed why he is a different player now to the one we saw in Claret and Gold: “I think I’m coming back as a different player now. I’m in a different part of my career, where looking back in hindsight, I probably didn’t know my game as much as I do now and probably don’t have the confidence in myself and what I do now either.

He added: “having that experience at Huddersfield was really good and it’s set me up for hopefully a successful campaign over here this time.”

Frawley will take the famous number seven jersey in his debut year at the Rhinos, but he won’t be the only new halfback at Headingley-as he is joined by fellow Australian Brodie Croft.

Croft put pen to paper on a huge deal back in October to take him from Salford to Headingley, and Frawley detailed his excitement about playing alongside Croft in the Blue and Amber next year.

“Obviously Brodie was a quality player back home, but over here I think his game’s going to go to another level,” he said.

“We haven’t had a chance to train together yet, but when we do it’s going to be exciting. Just getting to know each other as players and as mates is important, and then we can build on that relationship going forward.”

Croft and Frawley are also part of a new look spine for the Rhinos this year, with Andy Ackers and Lachlan Miller also joining the club this season; and Frawley explained that they are all approaching the game ‘in the same sense’: “I think it’s important that we’re all being on the same page, I think there’s going to be some growing pains here and there, but I think we’re all approaching our footy in the same sense.

He added: “I think it’s really exciting to be playing with them. It’s Lockie’s (Lachlan Miller) first taste of footy over here and he’s pumped up. Obviously, Crofty and Ackers have got plenty of experience in the Super League and hopefully it’s going to be a successful combination.”

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