New deals for Huddersfield youngsters

Huddersfield Giants youngsters Sam Hewitt (pictured) and Jon Luke Kirby have signed new deals with the club.

League Express can reveal that the pair have both put pen to paper on deals that will keep them with the club through to the end of 2022.

Hewitt, 21, made his Giants’ debut in 2018 and went on to make 13 appearances last season.

Fellow 21-year-old Kirby made an impression in loan spells with Hunslet and Halifax last season and has three appearances for the Giants to his name after debuting last year against Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium in Round 27.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back and cracking on with it,” Kirby said.

“I just want to emerge as a regular in the first team. I want to be competing week in, week out to get in the team. I’m still only 21, so that’s my short-term goal.”

Further retention is in progress at the John Smith’s Stadium, with the Wardle brothers, Jacob and Joe, Paul Clough, Aaron Murphy and Leroy Cudjoe among those off-contract at the end of the season.

Kirby is one of many products to come through the ranks at the Giants in recent years and he has seen first-hand a change in the club’s culture during the off-season.

“We’ve approached this year with the attitude that we want to compete with those teams at the top, it’s about getting out there and cracking on.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint one specific thing, but we all want to succeed. Generally, there’s a collective attitude amongst every individual; we’ve made sure we all share the same goals and attitude towards everything.

“We’re all professionals who want to succeed at what we do. That shared attitude has brought the belief that we can compete.”