Huddersfield Giants have confirmed their interest in Manly back-row forward Tom Symonds.

But they admit a deal for the 27-year-old Australian NRL ace has not been done.

The Giants remain on the look-out for more players to strengthen their light squad, which has suffered another serious blow with the loss of new forward signing Sebastine Ikahihifo for eight weeks with a broken jaw.

Huddersfield Giants' Head Coach Paul Anderson
Huddersfield Giants' Head Coach Paul Anderson

And Giants managing director Richard Thewlis has revealed Symonds, who has played 87 NRL games and scored 17 tries during spells at Sydney Roosters and Manly, is firmly on the Super League club’s radar.

“We have seen the speculation and, as we’ve said many times, we do expect to be linked to lots of players as we remain in the marketplace for a high-class addition to the squad,” said Thewlis.

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“There is nothing absolutely concrete to report at this stage other than to confirm that Tom Symonds is one of a number of players and their respective managers we have spoken to about our club.

“To bring an experienced NRL and City Origin player such as Tom to the UK would be real coup for any club, but the facts are that he is not a Giant as things stand.

“It would, however, in this instance, be inappropriate for us not to acknowledge that he is a player of great interest to us and, we are told, many other clubs both here and in Australia.”