Huddersfield Giants: Chris Bailey signs from Broncos

Huddersfield Giants have signed forward Chris Bailey from London Broncos.

The 31-year-old Australian back row has agreed a two-year contract.

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis described Bailey as a "hot property in a fairly skinny recruitment market for quality players".

Chris Bailey

  • Newcastle Knights 2006-2008 - 29 appearances, 10 tries
  • Manly Sea Eagles 2009-10 - 46 appearances, 7 tries
  • Harlequins/London Broncos - 73 appearances, 18 tries
  • Exiles - 2013 appearance

He told the club website:  "He has had some stellar seasons for London and players of his experience are few and far between with versatility of position being a key attribute."

The former Newcastle and Manly player made the last of his 73 appearances for the Broncos in their record 82-10 defeat by Warrington in June, a week before tearing a bicep playing for the Exiles.

Bailey missed the last three months of the season because of the injury, but Huddersfield say he has been passed fit and is expected to start pre-season training with them in November.

Head coach Paul Anderson said Bailey would give a new dimension to his side, which won the League Leaders' Shield, but were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the play-offs.

"The role we have planned for him in and around the middle of the field will add another element to our attack," Anderson added.

"He's got a lot of quality and has some good experience in the NRL with Manly and then a few years at London."