Huddersfield Giants have pulled off a major signing today.
But, despite the fact the 2023 season hasn’t even started yet, Giants fans won’t be able to see him until 2024.
This is because George Flanagan Jr will remain with the Bradford Bulls for 2023 until the man he is replacing, NRL bound Will Pryce, heads to Newcastle in 2024 in a similar situation.
Flanagan will not be a Huddersfield player officially until the 1st December 2023.
The teenage full-back/half has impressed in 2022, breaking his way into the Bradford Bulls first-team at the age of just 17, after a number of superb performances in the Academy and Reserves.
The signing marks a huge statement for the Giants, as they beat off competition for one of the game’s hottest talents to secure George to a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Starting his career at Birkenshaw Blue Dogs, George quickly gained attention from Bradford and was signed to the Scholarship system at Odsal. After slowly breaking through to the Academy in 2021, Flanagan Jr made 2022 his season. Starting in the Academy, the talent on offer from the home grown talent was clear for all to see with a hat-trick vs Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. Flanagan Jr was then fast-tracked into the reserves and continued to impress the Bradford fans, with two tries and an assist vs Hull Kingston Rovers reserves and a try vs Salford Red Devils reserves.
George was then selected for his first-team debut vs London Broncos at Odsal Stadium, where he took to the stage with his father George Flanagan Sr, within the second half, he raced over for a debut try in a memorable moment in what is turning out to be a promising early career.
The young full-back/half then rounded off the season with a superb drop-goal vs Wakefield Trinity in the academy play-offs, as the game ventured into Golden Point, Flanagan Jr stepped up and slotted over the one point with minutes remaining.
George also possesses goal-kicking ability which saw him kick over 50 points in 2022 for the Reserves and Academy combined.