DARNELL McIntosh is reaping the rewards after taking the ultimate gamble – playing for nothing.
The Huddersfield winger has attracted plenty of plaudits as Simon Woolford’s side secured its Super League future with a top eight finish.
But SunSport has been told how the 21-year-old decided to back himself after being initially rejected by the Giants, for no financial reward.
Team-mate Leroy Cudjoe revealed: “Darnell’s progression the last 18 months has been really good.
“Last year he had his breakthrough year and performed really well. I thought he started the season off a little inconsistent as you sometimes find with younger players but to his credit he’s knuckled down and bounced back to playing some of his best rugby.
“Darnell’s a local boy from Emley who played for Newsome Panthers. He didn’t get an academy contract at first but came and played for nothing.
“Credit to him he stuck it out and proved he was good enough. He’s a good kid with lots of talent and he can be as good as he wants to be.”
Former England centre Cudjoe has rediscovered his best form as Huddersfield racked up eight wins from nine games to storm into the top eight.
But the 30-year-old has revealed getting over the knee injury that kept him out for nine months was child’s play.
He added: “Having been out for nine months, it was always going to take some time. I’m my own worst critic so sometimes it can be hard.
“It can be frustrating been out for such a long time but I coach Moldgreen Under-12s which helped take my mind off being injured and been out for so long. I’ve been pretty lucky as rehab can be a lonely and unhappy place.”
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