23rd May 2018, 07:45 | Huddersfield

English commits to Giants

English commits to Giants

Huddersfield Giants have given a new four-year contract to a player that interim coach Chris Thorman has compared with England prop James Graham.

Front-rower Matty English, who has made just six senior appearances, has signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the Giants at least until the end of 2022.

Thorman said the 20-year-old English reminded him of Graham after scoring his first try for the club to help them clinch a 24-14 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Wakefield Trinity earlier this month.

Thorman, still in temporary charge while newly-appointed head coach Simon Woolford waits in Australia for clearance, has watched English progress through the system and is excited about his prospects.

“He’s relatively local, he’s come through our scholarship and academy system so there’s a lot of positives for our club and it’s a real success story,” Thorman said.

“He’s got a great attitude. He’s got a good sense of humour, he doesn’t take himself too seriously away from the game, but when you ask him to do something on the field, he does it as well as anyone I’ve ever met.

“He’s got a really nice balance to his personality but he’s also got a really good work ethic and is very focused.”

English, who made his Betfred Super League debut at Leeds Rhinos last season, said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to have signed a new contract.

“I’ve always been at Huddersfield and it feels like home. Signing for four more years gives me the security to try to develop as much as I can to become an established Super League player.”