South Sydney star to join Huddersfield Giants

South Sydney utility back Jamie Simpson is to join Engage Super League club Huddersfield Giants.

The 24-year-old Queenslander has played 37 games for the Rabbitohs in three seasons and scored 16 tries, including a hat-trick against the Roosters in 2009.

While Simpson scored nine tries in 18 appearances that year, he managed just eight matches last season, scoring just twice.

Following the arrival late last year of Kangaroos and Maroons centre Greg Inglis, Simpson requested he be released early from his contract which had little under a year to run.

Simpson said: "I'm really looking forward to heading to the Huddersfield Giants and starting the next phase of my football career.

"It's a great opportunity for me to play rugby league in other countries and experience the rest of world.

"I'm grateful to the Rabbitohs for the opportunities they've given me over the past three seasons both on and off the field.

"I wish my team-mates, the coaching staff and the club the best of luck for this year and for the seasons to come."

Souths chief executive Shane Richardson said the club did not want to stand in Simpson's way.

"Jamie has an opportunity to head to the UK with Huddersfield and play in the elite rugby league competition in Europe," Richardson said.

"This is a great opportunity for Jamie to take up a contract in the English Super League and also explore a bit of the world whilst playing rugby league.

"We wish him the best of luck in his move to England."

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