NEW Giants signing Joe Walsh has been placed on stand-by to take over from the injured Simon Finnigan.
Huddersfield chief Nathan Brown yesterday confirmed Finnigan has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury picked up during Friday’s heroic 16-12 Super League triumph at Bradford Bulls.
That has obviously forced Brown into a back-row re-think ahead of Friday’s clash against in-form Hull at the Galpharm Stadium (8.00).
And the Australian has revealed the 21-year-old Walsh, who joined the Giants during the winter from Super League rivals Harlequins, could be the man to benefit.
“Joe has been going really well and is a natural back-row replacement for Simon,” said Brown.
“Apart from suffering a slight hamstring injury a couple of weeks ago, he has trained tremendously hard throughout pre-season and showed up well for the reserves at Bradford last Saturday.
“He was in our 19-man Super League squad last week and was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final 17, but this week could be the chance he deserves.”
If Walsh were to play against Hull on Friday it would obviously be his Giants Super League debut, although the former England junior international has made four top-flight appearances for the Quins after progressing through the Leeds Rhinos Academy programme.
Another player hoping to be involved against Hull is centre Michael Lawrence.
The former Newsome Panthers junior suffered concussion in the home defeat to St Helens nine days ago and if he passes the relevant medical tests he could be in the 17.