New Huddersfield recruit Matt Frawley says he jumped at the chance to be reunited with Giants coach Simon Woolford.
News of Danny Brough’s likely departure to Wakefield was softened for fans when the signing of Frawley from Canterbury Bulldogs was confirmed.
The 23-year-old halfback, who has penned a two-year deal, started out at Canberra Raiders when Woolford was on the coaching staff there.
Having skippered Canberra’s Under-20 team, Frawley joined Canterbury in 2015 and went on to make 31 appearances, scoring five tries.
Out of contract at Canterbury, he was linked with Newcastle Knights before signing for Huddersfield, where he will join fellow halves Tom Holmes, Lee Gaskell and promising youngster Oliver Russell at a club aiming to build on a bright second half of the 2018 season.
“Simon was hookers’ coach at the Raiders when I was in the 20s,” said Frawley.
“We’re both from Canberra, so we’ve got something in common there, and I’m really looking forward to working with him and developing my game under him.
“The opportunity to come to Huddersfield arose about two months ago. I had a few offers in Australia but I was keen to come to England to take on a bit more responsibility and hopefully to have a key role in the team.
“I don’t know a great deal about the club and its players, but I do know what a good player Jermaine McGillvary is, from the World Cup last year.
“I’m looking forward to working with Simon and I’m due to arrive on 20 November. My partner Clare will join me in February and we are both looking forward to a new experience.
“Fortunately I grew up in Canberra, which has a much cooler climate than Sydney, so I don’t think I’ll be too upset by an English winter.”