Following his departure from West Wales Raiders, Kim Williams has been appointed to the role of academy coach at Huddersfield.

As head coach, Williams led the Raiders to their first win in 2019 after arriving from Australia, but he will now continue his career with the Giants.

He will commence his duties from 1 December but will join up with the squad earlier while finalising a house move to the area.

Williams said: “Joining the Huddersfield Giants was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.

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“I’m excited and privileged to be joining a club with so much history, especially in the Rugby League heartlands.

“I know the Giants are a club with strong foundations and have one of the most exiting academy’s in the British game. Having a strong background in player development I feel my skills will perfectly fit the role and I can’t wait to get started.”

Giants rugby manager Andy Kelly said: “Whilst one door closed when Scott Grix left us another opened and the opportunity for both Kim and ourselves is, I believe, a perfect fit.

“His CV is simply outstanding in the areas that we were looking to strengthen and his desire to move up here into the Rugby league heartlands after his year in South Wales really sold this appointment to us.

“The role is crucial to the development of the young players both at academy and indeed scholarship and I am certain that in Kim they will have a coach and mentor of the highest quality.

“He will bring a freshness and challenge us all in our methods and thinking so that we can continue to improve and evolve. He knows he is coming into a good structure with dedicated people at a club that has promoted its own younger players right through to the first team squad and believes fervently in the need for a strong academy focus within the business as a whole.

“We’re all looking forward to welcoming him and his wife Caron in the coming weeks and to his input into the club.”