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Five transfer targets for Huddersfield Giants after key man’s exit

Huddersfield Giants transfer targets

Huddersfield Giants had an impressive start to 2024, but they’ve faltered recently, losing five on the bounce, and are now having to plan for a life without some key men.

It’s been confirmed that captain Luke Yates has signed a deal with Warrington Wolves, and will head there for the start of 2025.

The forward has been captain for the Giants in each of the last three seasons.

Also leaving is Esan Marsters, who has been a key member of the Giants side since signing in 2023.

However, the centre has joined Super League rivals Salford Red Devils on a three-year deal.

Therefore, the club will have to make some signings ahead of next season, and here are some players we think they should be looking at.

Rhyse Martin

He may have been linked with a number of other sides, but this is certainly a move the Giants may look to.

He’s a second-rower, so wouldn’t necessarily be a direct replacement for Yates, but can also play at centre, making up in part for the loss of Esan Marsters.

Anyone would be mad to not want a shot at signing the 31-year-old, who was, at one time, the man with the most successful kick attempts in a row in Super League history, and has been a Leeds Rhinos stalwart since signing from Canterbury Bulldogs in 2019.

There’s plenty of talk suggesting that he’ll be heading back to NRL at the end of this year, most likely NRL’s expansion side, The Dolphins, who are currently managed by Wayne Bennett – although they’ll be looking for a new head coach for 2025, with Bennett heading to South Sydney Rabbitohs.

On the other hand, if he fancies staying in the UK, Huddersfield Giants could be amongst potential suitors.

Ben Nakubuwai

Leigh Leopards Fijian forward Ben Nakubuwai

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It looked for all the world that he’d be signing for Castleford Tigers earlier this season, but that move never materialised.

He’s a player that’s been linked with moves away for a long time, and it’s never felt that he was a huge part of Adrian Lam’s long-term plans.

The Leopards’ own injury problems meant they needed numbers, but now that key players are back fit, they can let Nakubwai leave after two years at the club.

There’s already been somewhat of an exodus at Leigh this year, with key men such as John Asiata making their way through the exit door, but it feels like this wouldn’t be a loss that the Leopards would be as upset about.

That’s not to say he isn’t a good player though – he looked a top talent in 2023, as Leigh won the Challenge Cup with Nakubuwai making 19 appearances.

Oliver Partington

Oliver Partington of Salford Red Devils celebrates a Super League win

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Another player that’s recently been linked with a move away, Partington is a top player.

With Mike McMeeken heading to Wakefield Trinity, Catalans are looking at him as a potential successor, but Huddersfield may also be interested in a move for the 25-year-old.

Originally playing for Wigan Warriors, he’s been a key member of Salford’s pack since signing in 2023, and has extensive experience for someone his age, making over 100 Super League appearances, including the 2020 Super League Grand Final, a game the Warriors lost to St Helens.

His 2024 performances have arguably been better than ever before, and this will mean he’s been put front-and-centre of the shop window.

Just like Luke Yates, he can play at loose-forward as well as prop, and looks like the best like-for-like replacement for their departing captain.

Shaquai Mitchell

Shaquai Mitchell is tackled while playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Brother of controversial superstar teammate Latrell, Shaquai has taken a bit more of a back-seat in the Mitchell family.

However, he’s a good player in his own right, and the 28-year-old has appeared at prop for Souths at times over the past three seasons.

He has, though, spent more time playing for their reserves, and at this stage in his career, he may look to make a move that would take it forward, and to escape the shadow of his brother.

The New South Wales-native has only appeared three times in NRL this season and could see a move to Huddersfield Giants as a real opportunity.

Gil Dudson

Gil Dudson, at Catalans Dragons, celebrates victory over Huddersfield Giants.

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The 33-year-old prop has been all over the place, appearing for sides such as Crusaders, Wigan Warriors, Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons.

Now, he’s been loaned out by Warrington Wolves to Salford Red Devils, showing that he’s not in Sam Burgess’ plans, and Wire have another prop coming in next season anyway: Luke Yates.

He may not be at his best, but Dudson has the Super League know-how that anyone taking the spot of such an influential figure in the changing room will need to have.

Although his time at Warrington has been somewhat of a failure, a new club is always a new opportunity for struggling players – enter Huddersfield Giants.

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  1. Timothy Moore

    May 29, 2024 at 11:39 am

    The thought of losing two of our star players being replaced by any of these would clearly be a backward step.Thes are all journeymen, better quality is needed.

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