Martyn Ridyard Heads To Huddersfield Giants On A One Month Loan Deal

Leigh Centurions can confirm that Martyn Ridyard has joined Huddersfield Giants on one month’s loan with immediate effect.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes said: “Unfortunately Martyn has not had the game time that both he and myself envisaged at the start of the year, both through other people’s performances and Martyn’s niggling injuries at the start of the season.

“He is now fit and ready to challenge himself at Super League level. It is important for us and Martyn to get him out there, conditioned and challenging himself at the highest level, which is Super League.

“We will keep in touch with Huddersfield and monitor Martyn’s form throughout his time with them. It is important to put a player’s welfare first and we have given Martyn the respect he deserves by giving him this opportunity.”

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I have always said it is our job to try and get all our players a competitive game each week and to keep them match fit. When approached by Huddersfield it would be easy to think: ‘Hang on, sending Ridy would help them when they are stuck and they are in a bit of a fight with us at the wrong end of the table.”

“But there are a number of things here. We have a saying in our Club called unselfish acts from the players and this is an example of the reverse from me and the coaching staff.

“Ridy is currently not in the starting line-up and Jukesy is rightly giving Rocky (Ryan Hampshire) the chance he deserves and has been patient for. We must try all options in readiness for the crucial part of the season and with the close turnarounds over the next three games there is little time on the training field for Ridy to push back.

“Therefore the best chance for Ridy is to play at Huddersfield where he will gain good experience from a long standing Super League set-up and be ready to fight his way back in our side. Ultimately that is also in the best interests of Leigh Centurions.

“I believe in treating people how I would like to be treated and if I was in the difficult situation Huddersfield are in for pivots and they had one available I would be disappointed if they didn’t do the same. It isn’t a straight shoot-out where the bottom team goes down, there will be four teams going into a whole new fight and Ridy will be in a better place for that fight when it comes if that’s where we end up.”

Martyn Ridyard said: “My number one priority remains Leigh Centurions and I am determined to fight for my shirt, but I want to look after myself and give myself the best possible opportunity to do that.

“I’ve been told I’m not going to get an opportunity for the next three or four games and so this loan move gives me the chance to find match fitness and consistency of performance in a good environment.

“Hopefully I will do a good job, work on my own performances and come back to Leigh a better player.

“It will be a new experience for me as I’ve never played for anyone in professional Rugby League but Leigh Centurions, but I’m looking forward to playing and stepping out of my comfort zone.

“Huddersfield have a respected coaching staff and, just as at Leigh, some very good players including current internationals and it will be nice to play alongside them. I’m flattered they asked for me and I will give it my best shot.”

Martyn Ridyard, 30, made his Leigh Centurions debut in 2009 and had the honour of scoring the first try in a competitive game at LSV against London Skolars.

Since then he has made 222 appearances for his home-town club and amassed 1,797 points from 77 tries, 740 goals and nine drop-goals, becoming the third highest points-scorer in Club history.

A former Leigh Miners star and BARLA Young Lions and GB Community Lions international, he has topped Leigh’s goals and points charts in each of the last five seasons and was Championship Player of the Year in 2014. He played a major role in Leigh’s successful promotion campaign in 2016 but has made only five first-team appearances so far this year.

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