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In-form centre set to join Super League rivals and trigger domino effect

Tui Lolohea celebrates scoring for Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants have had a mixed season so far, as they attempt to keep pace with the top six sides in Super League. A brilliant April propelled them back into playoff contention.

However, three consecutive defeats have seen them slip back to eighth place in the table, four points behind sixth. Now, reports have linked one of their in-form players with a move away from the John Smiths Stadium.

The Giants received a boost this week, when key playmaker, Tui Lolohea, signed a new contract with the club. Lolohea signed a new two-year contract, ending speculation that he may leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Now, the Giants face a battle to keep hold of one of their other key men, whose form was instrumental in their April resurgence. His move may also spark a domino effect of moves across Super League.

Reports link in-form man with Super League rivals

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Esan Marsters has been crucial to Huddersfield’s success this season. When Marsters has played well, success has generally followed for the Giants.

Marsters has made 10 appearances this season, scoring four tries and registering five try assists in the process. He ranks second in the Super League for meters made, with 1,661 in his 10 games. He has the fourth most tackle busts with 66 and is in the top 10 for carries and offloads.

Marsters’ contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and he looks set to leave the Giants with Salford Red Devils being reported by Rugby League Live to have won the race to sign the Cook Islands man. Salford coach, Paul Rowley, is keen to bring Marsters across the Pennines to join the Red Devils.

Losing Marsters would present a major blow to the Giants. Their other centre, Kevin Naiqama, is also out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to decide on whether to play on for another year. Huddersfield may find themselves in the market for two centres for 2025.

Marsters move could spark domino effect

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Marsters’ move to Salford comes amid speculation that Salford’s Tim Lafai may be set to leave the club. Lafai is reportedly on the radar of Hull FC’s Director of Rugby, Richie Myler, as he attempts to rebuild an underperforming squad.

Lafai’s future remains unclear, although Rowley is reported to keep hold of the centre. Lafai has formed one of the Super League’s best centre partnerships with Nene MacDonald this season, and Rowley would like to add Marsters to this partnership, rather than seeing him as a replacement.

Salford are currently Super League’s sixth-place side and continue to defy predictions of a difficult season. They host Super League’s top side, Wigan Warriors, this weekend. They will be hoping Lafai and MacDonald can continue their excellent form to propel them to an unexpected victory.

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