Huddersfield have announced a partnership with Halifax and Hunslet that will see the clubs share players across the next three seasons.

It will mean the clubs field a joint reserve team, which will operate under Giants branding, but feature players from all three clubs.

As part of the agreement, Reserve-grade games could take place at Halifax’s Shay home and Hunslet’s South Leeds Stadium as part of the deal.

The three clubs will also link up on dual-registration terms, which will allow Huddersfield players to turn out for Halifax, and Halifax players to play for Hunslet.

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Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: “We approached Halifax with a view to being able to help them back into the Championship top five next year, which is so important to them.

“With their central funding cut and our enhanced squad all needing games, a partnership seemed a good fit and then when Hunslet approached Halifax in a similar vein it made more sense to include them as well to widen the pool of players available to us all.

“The key to success will be finding the right reserves coach to bring it all together, with each head coach able to put forward who they wish for a game that weekend and for the coach to feedback to the parent club the highlights clips and analysis of their players for them to work on in their own environments as they see fit.

“The reality will be I am sure as this beds in that some Giants players will play Championship Rugby for Halifax and that in turn could enable some Halifax men to play League One for Hunslet.

“We will jointly review the position after the first year but the intention if logistically possible will be to continue for a three-year period.

“The reserve team fixtures have been released this week and we will be looking to play some in Halifax and Hunslet should those clubs wish us to do so.  I

“in addition to the players for the coaches and off field staff there will be an open door policy at our training centre and stadium for any of the staff to come in and see how we operate and share ideas and best practice.”

Halifax football manager Ian Croad added: “As a club, we have been standard bearers for the concept of reserve team rugby league over the last four years.

“Having made the extremely difficult decision to withdraw from next season’s competition, largely because of the increased financial burden on the business, we were keen to explore more innovative solutions to the problem facing us.

“We are confident this long-term deal will maintain the player pathways we have worked so hard to create, while also providing our coach Simon Grix with enhanced resources at Championship level.”

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton said: “The partnership is an exciting opportunity for Hunslet, with a pathway for sharing quality players when we need to.

“This should enhance the player resource pool available to us, which is a big benefit to us in our quest for promotion back to the Championship, but will also give our squad players or players returning from injury, the opportunity to get valuable game time alongside Super League and Championship quality players in the reserves competition.

“We are looking forward to working with both Huddersfield and Halifax, in a partnership that should benefit all three clubs.

“We are looking forward to working with both Huddersfield and Hunslet over the next three seasons.”