Super League star released immediately

Now that Huddersfield Giants are out of the race with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils for the play off places, their focus will be on 2024.

However, it has now been confirmed that one of their key players will not be at the club moving forward.

Huddersfield Giants have confirmed that Josh Jones has left the club by mutual consent.

The 30 year-old made 51 appearances for the Giants scoring nine tries after joining ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League Season.

His final appearance for the club came in Round 5 vs Wigan earlier in the year.

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis paid tribute to Jones.

“This is a sad day for both the club and Josh as it brings to an end our partnership which had in previous seasons brought great success.

“The loss for us for the vast majority of the year of a key strike backrower has proven a blow to our hopes and has emphasized the importance that a fully fit and firing Josh Jones brings to any team. We wish him every success in the future.”

With the Giants’ season all but over, Ian Watson said after the defeat to Hull KR:

“We got exactly what we knew we would get and we just needed to be real good in the arm wrestle. I think if you look at the little bits of the discipline with the ball and without the ball probably cost us a little bit today.

“I’ve seen the Louis Senior try and it’s a clear obstruction. We don’t get that picked up where Schneider runs right behind the back of Opacic and then makes the pass to Lewis and then Lewis goes in the corner.

“It’s a clear obstruction every day of the week, but yet they’ve not managed to pick it up. So that’s frustrating, but I’d say from our side, the little bits of discipline.

“It was a game that you’d expect to have against KR, both teams going at it, both teams trying to win that arm-wrestling mentality.

“Overall, I thought it was a good game, I just thought there were certain things in there which obviously didn’t go our way.

“That’s what I’m talking about with the discipline with the ball. You think of even at the start of the second half, we get a couple of penalties, we come up, we lose the ball on tackle one with Harvey Livett, then we lose the ball on tackle three with Esan and it looks like Esan is going to score.

“They’re the little bits where you need to be able to capitalise and take them opportunities or at least build some pressure down there but we didn’t and we let it off too easily, then KR came down the other end on the back of it.”