Jordan Turner flies in to boost Huddersfield Giants’ strike options

NEW GIANT: 
Jordan Turner, in action for St Helens.
NEW GIANT: Jordan Turner, in action for St Helens.
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Canberra Raiders’ Jordan Turner has joined Huddersfield Giants with immediate effect on a three-and-a-half year contract.

The former Hull FC utility – who can play stand-off, centre or back-row – only left St Helens for the NRL at the end of last season.

They (the Giants) explained their vision, expressed how much they wanted me to be a part of the long-term future of their great club and it was something I could not pass up.

Jordan Turner

However, Turner has failed to force his way into their first-team and heads home just seven months into his two-year deal.

Having won the 2015 Grand Final with Saints, he offers Giants plenty of experience and some much-needed strike as they bid to climb out of the bottom four.

“It’s become pretty clear to me over here that the recruitment market is a tough place and patience is needed,” said Huddersfield coach Rick Stone.

“When the opportunity to bring a proven, experienced, classy player such as Jordan here became apparent we moved very quickly indeed.

“He can tick many boxes for us within our squad and I am looking forward to working with him as soon as possible.

“He has played as a strike centre, a running type six as well as in every back-row position in his career and is a good athlete who can play at well over 100kg and be mobile with it.

“We have been looking to fill a gap ever since Ryan (Brierley) moved on and I am delighted that our patience has been rewarded with such a good acquisition.”

Oldham-born Turner, 28, said: “I took an opportunity to head out to Canberra knowing how difficult it would be for me and my partner on the other side of the world and was keen to stick it out.

“In the last few months I’ve had plenty of opportunities to return home but turned those down.

“With the Giants things happened fairly quickly; they explained their vision, expressed how much they wanted me to be a part of the long-term future of their great club and it was something I could not pass up.

“I can’t wait to arrive and help them have a strong finish.”