BATLEY Bulldogs head coach Karl Harrison has hailed the new closer link with the Giants which has enabled him to take three of the Super League club’s rising stars on season-long loans.
Centre Josh Griffin, winger Alex Brown and half-back Kyle Wood have all signed dual registrations and are expected to play major roles in Batley’s bid to mount a strong Co-operative Championship challenge.
Under the new registration system the players can be re-called by the Giants at 24 hours’ notice.
That will only happen in the event of a major injury crisis at the Galpharm, and former Salford Super League boss Harrison is relishing the chance to see the trio in action at Mount Pleasant on a regular basis.
“It’s great to be able to work with Huddersfield to bolster our ranks with three very good players,” said Harrison.
“I have made no secret of my desire for a centre and Josh is a big, strong, athletic boy who everyone has high hopes for.
“Outside him Alex Brown is a powerhouse winger who scored bucketfuls of tries last year in reserve grade and the Giants have taken a shot at him in full-time this year and expect him to be even better having experienced the full-time environment.
“In Kyle Wood we get one of the most promising young halves around. He had a good year at Sheffield last time and has a super kicking game and, again, with the advantage of full-time training we are all hoping we can further bring him on.
“I have already spoken of how well the squad has come together in pre-season and these additions will give me some more quality options in key areas and, in all likelihood, will complete the squad for now.”