Salford complete deal for Huddersfield forward

Salford Red Devils have completed a deal to sign Huddersfield’s Ollie Roberts on a loan deal.

The clubs have agreed on a deal until the end of the season, though there will be a 28-day recall option.

Ireland international Roberts has not played for the Giants this season after falling out of favour, instead playing for the club’s dual-reg side, Halifax, but he will now spend the rest of the campaign in Super League and could make his debut when Salford take on Leeds this Saturday.

Roberts, 25, has made 88 Super League appearances in his career, 83 of which have been for Huddersfield.

He started his career at Bradford before moving across the M62 to Huddersfield in 2015. A superb World Cup with Ireland saw him attract NRL interest in 2017 but he signed a new long-term deal with the Giants.

Now he will continue his career under Ian Watson, who will be boosted by the arrival of the back-rower following James Greenwood’s concussion injury last week.

Giants MD Richard Thewlis said: “In chatting to Oliver recently it’s clear he is frustrated not to be in Super League week in week out, and having starred in his one game on dual registration for Halifax, he clearly caught the eye of the Salford club who were looking to strengthen their pack.

“For our part we are reasonably healthy in the forwards with only Chester Butler sidelined, as we speak, and he is expected back into contention in a fortnight or so, so we felt able to release Oliver to Salford to get some top flight game time. As in most loan deals, we have the right of recall should we and Oliver wish to invoke that, but at this stage the plan is for the season.”