Huddersfield Giants’ Super League XXI clash at Salford Red Devils on Friday night will go ahead as scheduled.

Despite the tragic death of 17-year-old Giants Academy star Ronan Costello following an injury sustained during Saturday’s Under 19s fixture – also against Salford – it was confirmed at 2pm today that the top-flight fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium will take place when the clubs’ 19-man squads were announced.

But it has also been confirmed that Saturday’s Academy game between the Giants and Castleford Tigers at the DRAM Centre has been postponed as Huddersfield’s Under 19s players come to terms with the loss of one of their teammates.

Ronan Costello

Included in the Giants’ squad for Friday is new signing Tom Symonds, who arrived in England from top Australian NRL club Manly at the start of the week but the announcement was delayed because of Ronan’s untimely death.

The 27-year-old back-row forward, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, looks certain to make his debut on Friday night, and can’t wait to get cracking.

“I’m really excited to be here,” said Symonds.

“It’s been a slow couple of weeks, waiting to get over here, but now I am here I can’t wait to get out on the field and start playing.

“Coming over to the UK was something I have always wanted to do. The timing of it wasn’t something I guess I had planned, but the opportunity came up a couple of weeks ago.

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“I sat down and really thought about it and decided it was the best option for me going forward, and I’m excited for the new experience on the other side of the world.

“(Coach) Paul Anderson’s interest in me as a player and knowledge about my game was a big factor in my decision to sign here. The Super League is an entertaining, attacking competition and I’m obviously looking forward to a new life experience in the UK.

“Hopefully I can bring some experience to the group but for me it’s a case of firstly earning the respect of the boys straight away, ripping in at training and working hard.

“I’m certainly keen play, I haven’t played the last couple of weeks so I’m definitely ready to rip in.”