Huddersfield Giants have announced the signing of forward Shona Hoyle from Castleford Tigers.
Hoyle will bring plenty of experience at the top level to the Giants. She was part of the Tigers side that won the League Leaders Shield in 2019, as well as reaching both major finals.
She was also part of the Bradford Bulls side that completed the treble back in 2017. She is also an England international, and played in the World Cup for England back in 2017.
Reacting to the news, James Westerby, Head of Women’s & Girls Rugby at the Giants, said: “It’s fantastic news and a testament to our achievements as a squad that a player of the calibre of Shona wants to join us.
“It soon became apparent when speaking to Shona that her attitude and beliefs are what we believe in as a squad. Shona has a great passion for the women’s game, and is continually wanting to improve her own game.
“Shona’s experience of playing the game at the highest level will benefit our young squad immensely. The squad and I are so looking forward to working with Shona”
Lisa Darwin, CEO of Huddersfield Giants Community Trust added: “Being able to attract a player of Shona’s calibre is a testament to the work the players, staff and volunteers have put in throughout the season.
“To reach the shield final was an amazing achievement but to win it was an unbelievable feat and tops off a fantastic season.”