Huddersfield Giants could use some of the cash from the sale of England back-row forward Brett Ferres to hand a full-time Super League contract to former Hull KR centre Macauley Hallett.
The 20-year-old has spent the pre-season on trial with head coach Paul Anderson’s squad and is in line to make his debut in Sunday’s Infirmary Cup clash at Championship club Halifax.
With big-earner Ferres having signed for Super League champions Leeds Rhinos for an undisclosed fee after being transfer-listed by the Giants for off-the-field disciplinary reasons, the John Smith’s Stadium club now have funds to strengthen their squad.
And with Hallett having made two Super League appearances for Rovers in 2014 – he made a tryscoring debut against Catalans Dragons – the Hull-born three-quarter has the potential to be a quality new recruit.
Had he not suffered a serious illness during a trip to Australia that meant he missed all of Hull KR’s last pre-season, he might well have built on his promising top-flight start.
Instead, the illness meant he took a huge step back in his progress and spent a large chunk of 2015 regaining his match fitness on dual-registration with Newcastle Thunder.
Not getting back in the Robins’ Super League frame resulted in Hallett moving on to pastures new, with the Giants keen to see what he could offer.
And that makes Sunday’s trip to The Shay crucial for the determined trialist.
“It will be good to get out there and play again,” said Hallett.
“I’ve had a bit of time out and I just want to show Paul what I can do.”