Charlie Martin has quit Huddersfield RU in a bid to resurrect his professional rugby league career.
The 22-year-old played as a trialist for Kingstone Press Championship club Bradford Bulls in last Sunday’s 34-14 pre-season defeat at Leeds Rhinos.
The former Castleford Tigers back-row forward, who this season has been playing in the backs for Huddersfield in National II North, produced a solid performance off the bench in Leeds legend Jamie Peacock’s testimonial clash.
Martin would have featured for the Bulls against Huddersfield Giants the week before, had that warm-up game not fallen victim to the current icy blast.
His trial time at the Bulls means Martin hasn’t featured for the rugby union club so far this year.
And Huddersfield chief Gareth Lewis has now been informed by the player he’s going to continue to seek an opening in the 13-a-side code, with the hope of being offered a Bradford Bulls contract currently top of his agenda.
“Charlie’s made it clear his preferred choice of career is in league,” said player-coach Lewis.
“That’s the code he’s played all his life, and he’s admitted he’s more comfortable playing it.
“Having said that, he did prove a very useful addition to our squad in the time he was here.
“At the start of the season, he took the game by storm, coming up with some great defence and claiming a club player of the month award.
“As a result, we are a little disappointed to see him go, although he does leave us with everyone’s best wishes.”
Yet even though Martin did make a positive impact, Huddersfield haven’t suffered since his departure.
In fact, since embarking on his trial spell with the Bulls at the start of 2015, Huddersfield have gone on an unbeaten four-match run.
“I think this proves how strong a squad we have,” added Lewis.
“Even though Charlie played the bulk of games for us leading up to Christmas and made some positive contributions, the players who have come in to replace him have done a magnificent job.
“Hopefully, they will all continue to impress now his absence has become permanent."