SYDNEY ROOSTERS expect Giants back-rower Luke O’Donnell to be granted a release from his contract as early as this week.
Negotiations to bring the former Australia Test back-row forward continued last week, despite the Giants ruling out a potential swap.
With the 32-year-old still having a year remaining on his current three-year contract, the Giants would be entitled to compensation from Australian NRL club Roosters if a deal were to be done.
It is thought the Roosters had offered Tom Symmonds, Brad Takairangi and Anthony Cherrington as potential swap players, although the Sydney club last week cleared cap space to snare O’Donnell by off-loading talented back-rower Takairangi to the Gold Coast Titans.
Fuel to the speculation fire was added when O’Donnell was left out of yesterday’s squad, despite playing so well for the Giants in their stunning 40-4 opening-night win at St Helens.
Head coach Paul Anderson revealed O’Donnell was struggling with a knee injury. But he also confirmed there may be more news on his back-row forward this week.