LUKE O’DONNELL could be leaving the Giants by the end of the month.
Australian NRL club Sydney Roosters have confirmed the 32-year-old back-row forward is top of their hit list and are keen to step up negotiations.
Former Australia back-row forward O’Donnell still has a year remaining on his current Giants contract, meaning the two clubs would need to discuss a compensation package.
That means any potential deal wouldn’t be done straight away, with Huddersfield expecting O’Donnell to feature in Sunday’s opening home Super League XVIII fixture against London Broncos.
But while the Giants are keeping their cards close to their chest over whether their player can go, Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan has confirmed his club are interested in taking O’Donnell ‘home’.
“We’re interested if a lot of things could happen, but it’s a long way off happening,” said O’Sullivan.
O’Donnell was expected to return to Australia at the end of the season after an injury-hit first two seasons at the Giants.
But after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season he returned to action in spectacular style to help Huddersfield secure their stunning 40-4 opening-night triumph at St Helens on Saturday.
His potential departure would leave a massive hole in the Giants pack, although it would give head coach Paul Anderson some spare cash if he fancied a dip into the transfer market.
However, the arrival later this week of explosive former New Zealand Warriors back-row forward Ukuma Ta’ai could fill that forward gap automatically.