A DEAL to bring Danny Brough to the Giants is thought to be moving closer.
Although Galpharm officials remain tight-lipped over a potential deal, the noises coming out of Wakefield suggest Brough could be unveiled as a Huddersfield some time next week.
It has also been rumoured Catalans Dragons have been looking to sign the scrum half to replace fellow half-back Adam Mogg, who has agreed a release from the French Super League side to return to his native Australia.
But the Giants remain firm favourites for Brough’s signature, with Wakefield set to receive at least one player and possibly cash in exchange.
“Hopefully a deal will be concluded shortly but we haven’t got there yet,” said Wakefield chairman Ted Richardson.
Even though Brough’s departure from Belle Vue thought to be imminent, he has still been named in Wakefield’s 19-man squad for tomorrow’s home clash against Salford.
Also named in the squad is stand-off Paul Cooke, who has finally joined the Wildcats from Hull KR on a short-term contract.
The 28-year-old former Hull favourite was initially expected to move to the Wildcats on loan, but instead signed a deal to the end of the season after Rovers granted him a release.
“It’s taken a fair bit of getting over the finish line but Paul is now officially a Wakefield player until November 2010 and he’s in the squad for Sunday’s game,” said Wildcats coach John Kear.
The controversial Cooke was under contract at Craven Park to the end of the season but he was dropped for a second time by Rovers coach Justin Morgan last month and faced the prospect of being frozen out of the game.
“The decision came down to whether to play rugby league or not to play rugby league,” Cooke explained.
“I’ve been a rugby league player since the age of eight and I want to continue to do that.
“Fortunately John has been an admirer and, although the negotiations ran on, we’ve finally got there and I get to play rugby league again.”
In a statement, Cooke’s former club said: “Hull Kingston Rovers wish Paul all the best for the future and would like to thank him for his contribution over the last three years.”