The off-season is always a time when player movement and rumours are rife and for the Huddersfield Giants, they have completed the signing of Salford speedster Jodie Broughton, on a 4-year deal.
Broughton will join fellow recruits Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi at the Giants, as the club reveals their new-look side for 2014, with the speedster keen to get stuck in with the club.
â€œI am absolutely delighted to be part of this club for the next four years,” said Broughton.
“I had a few options on the table but I knew Huddersfield were the club for me. Their vision for the future really excited me and I want to be playing play-off rugby and pushing for the England Squad.
“I think I’ll settle in nicely at the club and it will help me demonstrate my full potential, which I don’t think we have seen yet. I enjoyed my time at Salford and will always be thankful for my time there, but now itâ€™s time for a new chapter.
A player that the club has been looking at for a while, Giants coach Paul Anderson is pleased to have the talented winger on board at the club.
Jodie has a fantastic attribute that we have been lacking over the last few years which is genuine speed and we now have a lot of variety in our outside backs,” said Anderson.
“He is definitely going to add to our environment and there will be some very strong competition for places in this area. He is versatile and can play on the left or right, on the wing or in the centre.
Jodie is a competitor and he has got a real appetite to want learn and to do well. He has got his best football in front of him and we are confident that we can improve him technically, tactically and physically.
He wants to come and improve as well and he is going to be good for our environment because heâ€™s a good bloke. Like all of us at the Giants, he wants to be successful and he is another part of the jigsaw that comes together for 2014.”
After their stellar season earlier this year, Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said that the club is getting more agents and clients coming forth about a potential move for players to the club.
â€œThe reality of our place in the pecking order for players so to speak is hugely different from that of a few years back,â€œ he said.
“We have players and managers actively seeking us as they recognise that our environment, coaching team and squad is one that has every chance to challenge for honours which you imagine is what all players would want.
They should want to play in the big games and we are consistently now in that mix with the League Leaders shield win obviously having a very positive effect for us. Jodie has been a player that over the years that has been pushing for full international selection and we hope that in our side, he can make that step up and also score plenty of tries for our club.
Everyone loves seeing a flying wingman hurtling down the touchline and in Jodie, we believe we have one of the quickest who will add a new dimension to our play and I am sure he will become a firm fans favourite here.â€