Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson is facing a massive selection headache ahead of Sunday’s home Super League clash against Hull FC.
Those hopes were helped by Thursday’s 24-24 draw at Warrington and defeats the following night for fellow top-four rivals Leeds and Wigan (13-12 by St Helens and 24-10 by Widnes respectively).
Ferres and Wardle both missed the game against the Wolves as the Giants ended a run of 10 successive defeats at the hands of their hosts.
But the fact they will both be available for the John Smith’s Stadium fixture against a buoyant Hull side fresh from a 28-0 thrashing of city rivals Rovers on Friday night, gives Giants chief Anderson an awful lot to think about.
“Both players were initially in the frame to play against Warrington,” said Anderson, who also has prop Anthony Mullally and utility back Jake Connor waiting in the wings to resume after missing out against the Wolves.
“In the end they weren’t risked - we didn’t want them to pick up a longer-term injury by putting them out there when thee were question marks over their fitness - but that always meant there shouldn’t be a problem for Hull.
“At the time they pulled out, I said there was a positive in that whoever took their place had the chance against Warrington to prove they deserved to be there.
“That’s exactly what happened, so selecting a team isn’t going to be easy, which is always the way it should be.”