HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS are in no rush to spend after selling Brett Ferres to Leeds Rhinos this week, writes Dave Craven.
The England second-row was transferred in a six-figure deal, having been suspended by the club in November over allegations about his private life.
One of Huddersfield’s highest-earners, head coach Paul Anderson now has space on his wage bill for a quality addition – but just four weeks ahead of the new campaign, it is late in the day for recruitment.
“Obviously with the news this week that Brett has left, it leaves us a fair-sized hole in our squad,” he said.
“That’s all been resolved now and everyone has to move on but it does give us the ability to move if anyone should become available.
“My job as a head coach is to constantly scour the player market to look to improve us or replace, strengthen or thicken our squad and that process is always ongoing.
“So, if anyone becomes available who we think can do that we are definitely in a position to move.
“We’re scouting everywhere and I’ll have a substantial phone bill ringing the other side of the world.
“As a club we’d love to bring in young British players but why would anyone want to let a good young British player go?”
Regarding the hole left by Ferres, he added: “Joe Wardle played a vast amount of second-row last year, Ukuma Ta’ai has done a lot of things on our left edge and there’s Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick and Oli Roberts, who is now fit and is a dynamic player.”