Ambitious Giants snatch Sarsfield

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The Independent Online

England academy back-row forward Matthew Sarsfield has moved from Wigan to Huddersfield in search of a quicker opportunity in Super League.

Sarsfield, who played in the recent victories over Australian Schools, has signed a three-year contract with the Giants and is in line to make his debut in the trial game at Batley on Sunday.

He is likely to play alongside his former Wigan Academy team-mate Jon Molloy.

"This is a super signing for us and it shows how highly we are now regarded in the game," said Huddersfield's managing director, Richard Thewlis.

Sarsfield was also a target for Wakefield, who already have two of last year's Wigan Academy squad, Stuart Howarth and Josh Veivers, on their books.

England might have to face their nemesis, Darren Lockyer, one more time this autumn. The Brisbane and Australia captain, 33, was expected to retire after last year's Four Nations but has declared himself available for state and country, and will start as favourite to retain his place at stand-off for both of them.