When a situation at a current club becomes untenable, a move is always on the cards and for Wakefield Wildcats half Kyle Wood, that is what happened – with the 24-year old moving to the Huddersfield Giants on loan for the rest of the season, right after signing a 3-year deal with the club.
With the plan for the Giants moving forward to strengthen their halves and hooker stocks, Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis believes that signing Wood goes a long way towards achieving that.
â€œWe are delighted to be able to bring forward the planned arrival of Kyle to the club and as such have released our previous loan player Brad Dwyer back to the Wolves,” said Thewlis.
“Brad did a great job for us as we believe we did for him too and we wish him every success in the future and thank the Warrington club for allowing him to spend some time with us.
â€œOur long term plan was always to strengthen the options in the halves and hooking area so with Kyle being out of contract at the end of this year, it was natural that we would target him once the relevant deadlines had passed and we have known for a while that he would be a Giant next year.
His form has remained good and we believe that there even more improvements to come as he matures and gains more experience which only time can bring. His early arrival is a real boost to us all ahead of the back end of the season and Iâ€™m sure he will be well received by the supporters.”
Someone else pleased with the signing is Giants coach Paul Anderson, who now believes he has more options to choose from heading into the final stages of the season.
â€œKyle gives us a bit more if we want to rotate some super mini electronic cigarettes people around, as weâ€™ve been very fortunate throughout the year with regards to Danny Brough and Luke Robinson playing the majority of games along with Scott Grix.â€
It was just two years ago when Wood left the Giants but with the rapid development in his game during that period, the club felt it was the right move to get him back.
â€œHeâ€™s walked into the place today and has got some confidence about him. When he left, he was a young kid and now heâ€™s come back a fully grown 24 year old bloke with confidence in himself and his abilities,” said Anderson.
â€œPreviously he had no experience in playing time, but heâ€™s now comeback an experienced Super League player.”
With Wood having the ability to play both in the halves and in the number nine jumper, Anderson sees that versatility as another key factor for the club.
â€œBoth he and Luke Robinson can play half and nine, Robinson played for England playing at nine and heâ€™s also played for England at half, so weâ€™ve got good quality options there,” said Anderson.
â€œAt the moment we have David Faiumu playing in a dual role for the good of the group and his form has probably been affected because of this. Whereas now we can fit Kyle into our best combination and let Faiumu be a running player which then benefits us, because thatâ€™s how he plays his best game.â€
With a clash against Hull FC coming up this week, Anderson is considering the selection of Wood.
â€œWe will make a decision as the week goes along but weâ€™ve not brought him in not to play – the only situation we have there is we have the Quarter Final the week after which he canâ€™t play in, so we have to look at what the best thing is for the group,” said Anderson.