Joe Wardle is poised for a return as the Huddersfield Giants look to re-shape their back line ahead of Sunday’s home Middle 8s clash against Championship club Featherstone Rovers.

With half-back Danny Brough having received a two-match ban for the illegal use of the elbow on Logan Tomkins during the 34-12 defeat at Salford and full-back Scott Grix unable to train after being kneed in the back during the same game, the return of strike centre Wardle following a knee injury couldn’t have come at a better time.

Head coach Rick Stone has also confirmed England winger Jermaine McGillvary will be given one more week to guarantee he’s made a 100% recovery from a quad tear – and it’s the same for back-rower Tom Symonds with his calf injury.

But even though the Australian will head into the ‘must win’ Featherstone encounter lacking the services of three of his most experienced backs, he’s still more than happy with the quality of the strikepower at his disposal.

“Joe’s availability has come at just the right time for us,” said Stone.

“With Grixy struggling, it gives us the option of putting Joe straight back into the centres and moving Jake Connor back to full-back.

“And bringing Ryan in for Danny is obviously our best option in the halves. He’s now got at least the next two games to show us this is something we should be thinking about more permanently.”