Dale Ferguson rejoins Huddersfield from Bradford
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 28/11/16 10:01am
Dale Ferguson has left financially-stricken Bradford to rejoin Huddersfield on a two-year deal.
The second rower made 59 appearances and registered 15 tries in his first stint with the Giants, while he was part of the team that won the League Leaders' Shield in 2013 before switching to the Bulls the following year.
But Bradford have struggled both on and off the field since then, having been relegated to the Championship and, earlier this month, they were placed into administration for the third time in five years.
Ferguson, 28, had been tipped to return to the John Smith's Stadium and he becomes the Giants' third signing from Bradford, who have also lost prop Paul Clough and stand-off Lee Gaskell to Huddersfield.
Ferguson said: "It was tough to leave (Huddersfield) but at the time it was the right time, but as soon as the opportunity arose to come back I jumped at the chance.
"Everyone wants to play Super League top level and I've spoken to (Huddersfield head coach) Rick (Stone) and I like what he is about and what he wants from the club, that's why I'm on board and I want the club to move in the right direction."
Ferguson has made an immediate impression on Stone, after turning down the opportunity to take an extended break following his exertions with Scotland in the recently-completed Four Nations.
Stone said: "Dale has come back early even though we offered him some time off following the internationals and that shows the type of attitude he has got. That is the level of work ethic and commitment we're looking to have in this squad and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in training."
Ferguson started all three matches for Scotland, including the thrilling 18-18 draw against New Zealand in Workington, and Stone, who revealed the deal to sign the forward was completed some time ago, was encouraged by what he saw.
"Dale was signed to the club a while back and so I was keen to see how he would do in the Four Nations and I was suitably impressed," Stone added.
"He showed a lot of class and toughness against world class teams in that tournament, he has a good skills set, is tough and will compete hard which will bring plenty to our squad."