ROOSTERS IN FOR FERRES.
Byline: Chris Roberts Rugby League Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
SYDNEY Roosters could be set to sign Giants international pack star Brett Ferres.
Reports in Australia suggest the top NRL club are getting close to securing a deal with the suspended Huddersfield player.
The 29-year-old England Test forward is currently banned by Huddersfield, who are carrying out an internal investigation into his conduct away from the club, among reports of an extra-marital affair.
That's put the former Bradford and Castleford forward's future at the Giants in doubt, especially with some of his Hudders-field teammates thought to be unhappy about him remaining at the club.
Several Australian NRL and Super League clubs have expressed an interest in Ferres, with reports Down Under claiming he will be joining the Roosters on a year's loan.
Having enjoyed a strong series for England as they beat World Champions New Zealand 2-1 it is no surprise that his national coach Steve McNamara would show an interest, with the national chief also being assistant coach for the Tricolours.'.
Giants vice-captain Ferres would then be expected to return to England, with Huddersfield still thought to be his prime destination, with the player still having four years to run on his current contract at the John Smith's Stadium - something that could mean a deal with the Roosters may not be quite as straight forward as the Australian reports would suggest.
But if Ferres were to leave the Giants it would raise interesting questions as to who will claim the back-row berth in 2016.
Among those looking to stake a claim are the likes of Ukuma Ta'ai, Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick and Oliver Roberts, especially after his starring role for Ireland in the recent European Championships.
But new signing Ryan Hinchcliffe could also slot into the role rather than hooker, or Joe Wardle could move from centre after a successful 2015 stint in the pack.
Reports suggest Giants and England forward Brett Ferres could be set for a move to Australia's NRL