Once a mainstay of the Wests Tigers side, a changing of the guard pushed him out and for Jordan Rankin, the opportunity to move overseas arose and it was too good to pass up.
Rankin, a utility back, played in 23 games for the Wests Tigers with just one appearance this year and with the early release granted by the Tigers, he joins Super League side Huddersfield with immediate effect.
The Tigers released a brief statement on Rankin’s release:
“Wests Tigers have today confirmed the release of Jordan Rankin from the remainder of his playing contract, effectively immediately.
Rankin was contracted at Wests Tigers until the end of season 2017, but has been granted an immediate release to take up an opportunity with the Huddersfield Giants.
Since joining the Club in 2016, the 25-year-old has played 23 first-grade games for Wests Tigers, with one first-grade appearance so far in 2017.
Wests Tigers would like to thank Jordan for his contribution and commitment throughout his time at the Club and wish him well in the future.”
Rankin’s utility value was a huge factor in Huddersfield’s decision to approach and sign him.
“The main attraction in Jordan Rankin is his ability to play in nearly every position in the backline; he’s played in the outside-backs, he’s played in the halves and he’s played a whole NRL season on the wing,” said Huddersfield coach, Rick Stone.
“He’s got tremendous utility value, and he’s obviously been over in the Super League before and he made his NRL debut in 2008 at only 16 years old, so he’s got a lot of experience.
It’s a good opportunity for him to come over here and play and it’s a great place for him to further his career.”
In the end, the decision to bring in a player of Rankin’s calibre to their side was too good to pass up for the Giants.
“We’re delighted because he adds skill, he adds speed, he adds experience and some real flexibility to our team,” continued Stone.
“To bring such a quality player in at this time of year is a massive bonus and we’re excited to have him join us.”
The feelings are reciprocated with Rankin equally pleased to have the opportunity to join the Giants.
“I’m really excited to join the Giants,” said Rankin.
“It’s a club I’ve heard a lot about and know are finding some form in the Super League.
Rankin will not be alone from an Australian point of view, with several other players from NRL clubs playing at the Giants.
“There’s a strong Australian contingent here with Jake Mamo who was coming through at the same time as me, Ryan Hinchcliffe who has won big trophies at Melbourne, Tommy Symonds, Shannon Wakeman,” Rankin said.
He is also looking forward to playing alongside numerous English internationals at Huddersfield.
“There are also British players like Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary who are quality players that I’m looking forward to playing alongside,” he continued.
“I spoke with Rick Stone and knew that joining was a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started.”