HUDDERSFIELD Giants have confirmed the departure of rising Academy star Luke George.
The 19-year-old winger has rejected the club's offer to join the first-team squad for 2007 and has joined Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity for an undisclosed fee.
"It's always disappointing to lose young players," said Giants managing director Richard Thewlis.
"But, in this instance, Luke's agent informed us in the correct manner of Wakefield's offer for his services which, frankly, was way beyond our means for a first-year professional.
"To have matched it would have thrown our wage structure out of the window.
"We have agreed a very satisfactory fee with the Wildcats for the transfer of his registration.
"And we wish him well in his future career."