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Super League coach desperate to keep star amid talk of huge move

Hull FC head coach Tony Smith with Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson

There are a lot of big rumours making the rounds lately such as Hull KR going to the well of NRL talent which is something Warrington Wolves will be doing set to sign Leeds Rhinos target Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors have made some big moves for the likes of former Huddersfield Giants and Leeds star Kruise Leeming alongside Sam Walters and Tiaki Chan.

Chan is one of a number of players set to leave the club at the end of 2023. Sam Tomkins is set to retire, Mitchell Pearce and Tyrone May have been linked with big NRL moves whilst Adam Keighran has been tipped to follow Tiaki Chan to Wigan Warriors whilst fellow centre Matt Ikuvalu has also been linked with away.

All of this has got the Dragons thinking about recruitment and they have reportedly moved for former St Helens star and Huddersfield Giants halfback Theo Fages.

Now Giants boss Ian Watson has responded to this speculation showing his desperation to keep the two time Super League Champion saying:

“We’d love Theo to be here with us. Like I said, there’s been a lot of things that have gone on in and around situations with Theo, but that’s probably for Theo to explain as he goes forward.

“We’ll see where it takes us with Theo. Theo is really committed to Huddersfield and he’s upset at the kind of number of games he’s missed this year and wants to obviously finish the season really strongly so yeah we’ll see what happens and what develops as we go forward.

“Everyone within the club’s well aware of the situation develops as we go forward with everyone within the club’s well aware of the situation who it’s something that’s probably we’ve got to wait and see more so than anything else.”

He also confirmed the French halfback will be back in the squad ahead of their game with Catalans:

“Theo will be named in the squad. So we’ll name Theo in the squad. Like I said, we’ll get to France and see where we are.”

It leaves Watson with a big call to make in the spine: “It’s a good decision, I guess. Yeah, like I said, we’ve been trying to get a settled team all through the year, but it’s just not been the case.

“So we’ll see where we get to this week, whether it’s going to change again. I think you have banged on about it for years, saying about if you get a settled team, a settled spine, you’re generally in a good position.

“But if you look at, you go through the league and look at the teams that have used the most players this year, I imagine it will be us. I know it’s definitely us. And Wakefield in there, I wouldn’t be surprised if Castleford’s in there as well.

“And it does have a knock on effect of where you sat, because you can’t build, you can’t get that continuity and the players can’t get the timing and things like that.

“So it disrupts everything you’re doing. So, yeah, it’s been a problem for us this year. But what we’ve got to do is look forward to what’s coming at the back end now and see if we can rectify that, see if we can get a few people back fit and try and get a bit of a settled team.”

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