Huddersfield Giants’ England Academy international forward Tyler Dickinson will have the chance to grow up on a month’s loan at Halifax.
The 19-year-old prop, who starred in the England Academy side that beat Australia, has been a stand-out performer for the Giants’ Academy and now makes the step up to Kingstone Press Championship level – and it will do him a world of good according to Huddersfield’s head coach Paul Anderson.
“It is a good opportunity for Tyler,” said Anderson.
“He played for the England Academy against Australia at the back of last year and that disrupted his pre-season.
“As a player you always want to play for England but I don’t think the timing of that series was particularly great for him as regards preparation for the season.
“But his progress with the 19s this year has been good.
“He played against Wakefield the other week and absolutely killed them.”
However, Anderson was conscious that the youngster needed to make the take the next step and, with Halifax head coach Richard Marshall having been Dickinson’s coach in the England set-up, the move to The Shay was the perfect fit.
“I got a call from Marshy asking if we have anyone to fill a middle role and I threw in a couple of names, including Tyler,” explained Anderson.
“Marshy was Tyler’s coach for that England Academy test series so it was a good move.
“We feel he is ready for the next challenge.
“You can play well in the 19s, but he needs that next step and take on men.”
Dickinson was called straight into the Halifax squad travelling for the Summer Bash this weekend and was among the substitutes to face Bradford Bulls at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road.
“The fact that he starts his loan spell with the game at Blackpool, which is a big stage for the Summer Bash, shows what an opportunity this is for him,” added Anderson.
“It is his last year in the 19s, so he is getting a preview of what is going to be expected of him very soon by going to Halifax.
“The 19s is great for developing players, but there is no toughness in that competition.
“Because it can span ages from 16 to 19 by the time you are 19 there is not enough physically in the game.
“Tyler is not getting the physicality in games that he needs and taking on men is what he now needs.”