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Irish 19 year old front rower signs first team contract with Huddersfield.

https://www.giantsrl.com/article/7073/giants-again-promote-from-academy?platform=hootsuite

also a couple videos and podcast on his journey.

https://player.captivate.fm/episode/5d1cd825-baa5-4e4b-8a5c-40630dc08e07

https://t.co/X4UXBsuteM?amp=1

 

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This is old news, isn’t he over in Canberra for a year as part of Huddersfield’s arrangement with the Raiders?

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34 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

This is old news, isn’t he over in Canberra for a year as part of Huddersfield’s arrangement with the Raiders?

He came back due to the corona virus stopping the jersey flegg competition.

I couldn’t find a post on him signing a first team contract. 

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He's been with us for 3 years now, paid his own way for trials and featured in the U19's run to the semi finals in 2018, alongside the Senior twins, Jake Wardle, Sam Hewitt, Jon Luke Kirby, Ollie Russell and Dom Young.

He's a great lad too, really outgoing, intelligent and focused, 2 of my mates put him up in their spare room when he first came over and he used to come to away games with us.

Top lad!

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Would be great to see Ronan Micheal continuing the tradition started by Brian Carney moving from the Ireland amateur scene to Super League. Super League really should be searching a bit further afield in non traditional places in the UK & Europe where the amateur game is now played.

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1 hour ago, kiwis 13 6 said:

Would be great to see Ronan Micheal continuing the tradition started by Brian Carney moving from the Ireland amateur scene to Super League. Super League really should be searching a bit further afield in non traditional places in the UK & Europe where the amateur game is now played.

The last bit is easier said than done though. For starters, any focus needs to be where junior development is elsewhere - there’s a lot of amateur rugby played in Europe but most of it is at adult level which is too late. So that reduces the options significantly.

Then there is a huge commitment from both the club and player to move over at a young age and take a chance on what may never come of it, often leaving friends and family behind. Ronan Michael has done this and deserves all the credit he gets but a lot of people would not. It’s not like they have the enticement of becoming multi millionaires playing our game is it?

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