Huddersfield release Oliver Roberts to pursue Championship opportunity

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Oliver Roberts Credit: PA Images
Oliver Roberts Credit: PA Images

Huddersfield Giants have released back-rower Oliver Roberts to pursue a new opportunity in the Championship.  

The 27-year-old is off-contract at the end of the season and has only made three starts in 2022. The forward has been granted an early release to continue his career in the Championship. 

Roberts played 97 games for the John Smith’s Stadium side over a five-year period in two spells. He originally made the move from Bradford ahead of the 2015 campaign. However, he has found time on the pitch hard to come by Giants under head coach Ian Watson.

Huddersfield added in a statement: “The club would like to wish Oliver Roberts every success in the future and thank him for his efforts in the Claret & Gold.”

He signed a long-term deal with the club back in 2018.

More on Oliver Roberts

Having progressed through Bradford’s systems, Roberts made his Bulls debut in 2013. He joined his hometown club in the Giants in 2015 originally on a two-year deal.

He celebrated his 100th career game in August 2018 against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Roberts joined Salford on a season-long loan in 2020, and returned again to the AJ Bell Stadium on loan the following season.

He has made a total of 111 Super League appearances, scoring 14 tries.

To date, he has won nine caps for Ireland on the international scene. The back-rower made his debut in 2015 against France in the 2015 European Cup.

He featured in all three of their 2017 Rugby League World Cup group games, scoring twice. Roberts could again represent Ireland at this year’s tournament in England. Ireland will feature in Group C alongside Jamaica, Lebanon and number one ranked nation New Zealand. They open their campaign against the Reggae Warriors at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium on October 16.

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