Young Huddersfield prop Ronan Michael says he’ll relish the challenge of competing in Australia after joining Canberra as part of a new partnership between the clubs.

The Giants and the Raiders have arranged terms that will see developing players from both clubs enjoy opportunities at the other side of the world.

Irish international Michael is the first player to head overseas as part of the deal.

He will return to Huddersfield in 20201 after recently agreeing an extended contract with the Super League club.

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Michael said: “I’m delighted for this opportunity to travel to Canberra to further continue my career and my development as a Rugby League player.

“I would like to thank the club and Andy Kelly for his role in allowing me to fulfil this chance of playing in a new country and in a new environment and to everyone who has supported my career so far.”

Giants Football Manager Andy Kelly said: “The opportunity for Ronan to experience a full season at Canberra is a wonderful chance for him.

“He will be training and working out there as all developing NRL players do in a system at Canberra that is proven to produce high quality players.

“He remains contracted to the Giants for 2021 which is the year that we have earmarked him to really push for first team selection and the year down under we feel will give him great experience and benefit him immensely ahead of his return to the club.

“His story continues to develop in a quite amazing way considering where he came from just a short time ago.

“We know that he will represent himself and the club in the best possible light and he is the perfect choice to be the first of what we hope will be many who take this development path that we have formulated with the Raiders.”