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Super League clubs put on red alert as three key Huddersfeld stars set to leave due to salary cap restraints

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson has revealed that three of his most important players in 2021 will be leaving at the end of the season.

Nathan Peats, Nathaniel Peteru and Olly Ashall-Bott are all set to depart after joining Watson’s squad on short-term deals – despite their recent good form.

“Those three haven’t got contracts but they have been very important for us,” Watson said.

“They’ve helped us win our games, so ideally we’d love to keep them but the salary cap and quota spaces will mean that might not be possible.”

Watson believes he can now start making progress with a Huddersfield squad that, he admits, he didn’t understand at the beginning of the season.

“I didn’t understand the balance of the squad – I got carried away with it at the beginning of the season.

“Coming in and thinking we could be a top four team was a bit unrealistic.

“Instead, we needed to build the processes and we had to find who was on board and who wasn’t in a hard way this year.”

The Giants head coach also announced in his pre-match press conference that another number nine will be coming through the door at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Hopefully he will be announced shortly, but James Cunningham has moved on now.

“He was here before I came and had a few injury issues, so we just felt that it was best for us that we sorted that area of the team out.”

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