RUGGED prop Tony Tonks has joined the Huddersfield Giants.
The one-year deal has been confirmed less than 24 hours after the 26-year-old picked up a winners’ medal as Featherstone Rovers beat Sheffield Eagles 40-4 in the Co-operative Championship Grand Final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.
His Grand Final performance crowned an excellent season for the no-nonsense front-rower, who believes that he’s now ready to take the next step.
“This has been the best season of my career so far, and I can't wait for the chance to prove I have what it takes to compete at Super League level,” said former Wakefield Academy man Tonks, whose uncle Les won the Challenge Cup with Rovers in 1967 and 1973.
“I’m delighted that chance is going to be at Huddersfield. Like everyone else in the game, I’ve been impressed by the way the Giants have now developed into one of the top sides in the competition.
“I’ve also been really impressed with the way young players are allowed develop at the club and have been given that opportunity to prove themselves at the top level.
“That’s what I hope will be the case for me.”
Although Tonks was playing in the main game of the day, the top Huddersfield highlight came earlier in the day when Underbank Rangers beat Kippax Knights 40-18 to win the Co-operative Conference National Grand Final.
It was Bank’s first success after losing in the previous two finals, with player-coach Richard Knight admitting the victory was ‘awesome’.
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