GIANTS chiefs are hoping the club’s England junior calls are a taste of things to come.
A total of six Huddersfield players have been named in the nation’s Academy and Youth squads for the very first time.
Included in the 24-man Academy set-up are Elliott Morris, Jack Miller and Jake Connor, who was celebrating the call-up just two months after being promoted to the Giants’ Super League squad.
The trio in the 31-strong Youth squad are Liam Johnson, Frazer Morris and Will Gledhill.
Having half-a-dozen players in the new England set-ups has delighted Giants Head of Youth Development Pete Riding, although he admits he’d have liked to have seen even more!
“This is a tremendous achievement and we’re all absolutely delighted,” said Riding.
“And I’m pretty sure we’ve never had this amount of England recognition before.
“But, to be honest, getting six players picked is just something we’ve known all along – that we’ve got some incredibly talented young players on our books.
“In fact, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if we’d have had even more selected.
“Personally, I feel there are one or two others in our junior set-up that can count themselves desperately unlucky that they’ve missed out.
“They obviously know who they are, and I’m sure it’ll make them even more determined to keep working hard so they don’t miss out in the future.”
But Riding still doesn’t think it takes the gloss off this week’s very positive news.
“Understandably, the six boys who’ve been picked are absolutely delighted,” he added.
“Being picked for your country at any level is a fantastic achievement, particularly when you consider how strong England now are at Academy (Under 18s) and Youth (Under 16s) level. The competition is incredibly fierce.
“The boys are justifiably proud, and so are Huddersfield Giants as a club.
“I’m also sure their amateur clubs will be equally as proud as well, because they all worked hard initially to make them the players they are today.”