Ian Watson on Sezer speculation and centre dilemma ahead of Rhinos clash

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson has had his say on the speculation linking star halfback Aidan Sezer with a move back to the NRL, insisting it ‘doesn’t worry him’.

According to Fox Sports, the 29-year-old is a reported target for Brisbane Broncos who have endured a tough 12 months with just three wins from their last 26 games.

The halves is one area they are reportedly looking to strengthen, with Sezer believed to be among their targets.

“It doesn’t worry me,” said Watson. “Aidan’s his own guy and will make his own decisions that he feels are the best for him and his family as he goes forward. For the moment, he’s here with us, we treat him as a Huddersfield Giants player until we’re told anything different.

“There’s always talk. From what I’ve been told in Australia, his agent has offered him up to Brisbane. That’s up to them, I can’t control any of that.

Giants halfback Aidan Sezer has been linked with a move back to the NRL. Credit: David Greaves/News Images

“At the moment Aidan’s here so this weekend he’s playing for us. If Aiden wants to go on to other things in terms of the NRL, what Aiden’s got to do is perform for Huddersfield so people do want to be attracted to him.

“Aidan’s obviously had a late start to the season so hopefully he’ll be able to settle down. But for me, Aidan’s got to focus on his own performances for Huddersfield. Everything else will be taken care of by everybody else. I don’t think it’s a concern for me or for Aidan at this moment in time.”

Sezer is almost a certainty to line up for his third game of the campaign when the Giants take on Leeds this Sunday.

What isn’t certain, though, is who will fill the Giants’ centre spots.

Jake Wardle is set to be missing for the next couple of weeks through injury, while Leroy Cudjoe was also absent from last weekend’s 18-10 loss to St Helens.

Sam Wood and Chris McQueen impressed in their absence, while Ricky Leutele is also due to return from a broken hand to face the Rhinos.

Watson added: “Ricky’s definitely back in. (With) Leroy we’ll see which decision we go with.

Ricky Leutele will return from a broken hand to line up for Huddersfield on Sunday. Credit: Richard Long/News Images

“We thought our right edge did really well against the best attacking left edge in the competition in St Helens last week, so we’ll weigh that up and make a call on that over this evening (Friday) ready for the boys to know in the morning.

“I think they (Leeds) are a real quality squad. If you look at the (21-man) squad that they’ve put out, if we had 10 injuries we wouldn’t be able to put a squad out like that and I don’t think most other Super League teams would.

“So that just goes to show how much quality they’ve got. The fact they competed really hard without some of their main players, like (Luke) Gale, against Wigan and St Helens – again it just goes to show the quality of players.

“We’ll be expecting a really tough fixture and it’s always been a big game. Looking from the outside in, Huddersfield and Leeds has always been a big, big game, so that’s the way we need to approach this.”

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