GIANTS chief Nathan Brown has confirmed he is taking a serious look at bringing Leeds prop Luke Ambler on loan to the Galpharm Stadium.
With Huddersfield suffering a front-row crisis ahead of the start of Super League XVII, Brown’s men are lacking big numbers up front.
David Fa’alogo (back), Luke O’Donnell (knee), Larne Patrick (wrist) and Tony Tonks (suspended) will all miss the 2012 competition opener at Wigan Warriors on Sunday, February 5.
On top of that, young prop Dave Orwell is also absent due to a broken ankle he suffered after falling awkwardly in training.
As a result, Brown is short of pack options.
He admits he's been looking at potential cover for some time – with the departure back to Australia of Jamie Simpson meaning some funds are available – but until now has been struggling to track down any players who are still on the market and capable of plugging the gap.
But he feels the 22-year-old Halifax-born Ambler, who spent all of last season playing Super League at Harlequins, could fit the bill.
“Our problems in the front row are well documented, and we’ve obviously been looking to try and do something about it,” said Brown.
“We’ve been looking at a number of players in the position and Luke is someone we’ve done some work on.
“But whether we can get him is a different matter. First of all, it’s a case of can we get him on loan and, secondly, whether Leeds will let him go on loan.
“That’s something we’ll look at this week.
“The key at the weekend was making sure we got through the Castleford trial game on Friday (which the Giants lost 32-22) and taking things from there.”
Brown will, however, be hopeful a deal can be done with the Rhinos, who have around eight front-rowers on their books, including ex-Giants prop Darrell Griffin and former Crusader Richard Moore, who have arrived for 2012.