Wakefield Trinity confirm capture of Huddersfield Giants halfback in latest recruitment raid

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed their latest signing in the shape of halfback Olly Russell from Huddersfield Giants. As first revealed by Rugby League Live in January, the playmaker has linked up with the Championship leaders, who are preparing for life back in Super League next year.

The England Knights international has signed a four-year contract and joins Tom Johnstone, Mike McMeeken and Cam Scott in agreeing to join Daryl Powell's squad next season.

The 25-year-old is closing in on 100 appearances for the Giants, having made his debut as a teenager. However, he will now head across West Yorkshire next year.

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“I’m really excited about joining Wakefield Trinity for at least the next four years and hopefully beyond," Russell said. "I feel certain it’s the best place for me to keep improving my game and developing my knowledge to another level under Daryl and the rest of the coaching staff.

"The club has signed some brilliant players to go along with the quality they’ve already got and is going in the right direction on and off the field. That’s why I can't wait for the challenge of bringing more silverware back to Belle Vue. See you in 2025 Wakey Fans”

Powell added:: “Olly is a quality halfback who has got so much potential to grow into a top line player. I believe he is at the stage of his career where he needs to become the primary organising halfback in a team, and we are delighted to give him the opportunity to do just that.

"He is a fierce competitor and quality communicator who I feel will get the best out of the people around him on a consistent basis. I look forward to working with him in the coming years as we drive towards achieving our goals at Wakefield.”

Recruitment Manager, Ste Mills commented: “To bring in a player of Olly’s quality is a statement of intent for Wakefield Trinity. Fighting off Super League clubs to secure his signature shows that Olly believes in the project and has fully bought into this special journey we are on at Wakefield Trinity. I’m sure he will be a huge success and we look forward to welcoming him for the 2025 season.”