Huddersfield promote England academy international Jacob Wardle to squad
Last Updated: 21/10/15 2:50pm
Huddersfield have promoted England academy international Jacob Wardle to their full-time squad for 2016.
The Giants had to fight off competition from a host of Super League rivals to secure the future of the 16-year-old.
Wardle plays centre, like his older brother Joe, who he will now train with as part of the first-team set-up at the John Smith's Stadium.
Huddersfield's head of youth Andy Kelly is delighted Wardle chose to stay at Huddersfield, despite interest from other clubs.
Kelly said: "The system put in place by the RFL means that, prior to signing their first professional contracts at a club, players are allowed to meet, visit and receive offers from rival teams.
"To say Jacob had interest from other clubs would be an understatement. He most definitely had his pick of the best so to choose us ahead of the others has given myself and all here at the club a real boost.
"Obviously it helps with his brother having established himself here as a top-flight professional.
"There are never any guarantees for young players in rugby league but this lad is certainly one for whom we all have high hopes."