Reports in Australia are suggesting that the resurgent Huddersfield Giants are set to sign Manly Sea Eagles’ half back Jackson Hastings with immediate effect.
The 22-year-old has been cast aside by the NRL club following vary disciplinary issues and, with players supposedly unwilling to play alongside him, a move to Super League has been mooted in recent months. Now, it seems that Simon Woolford’s Giants are set to get the talented stand-off in what would be something of a coup considering the other Super League teams who have been linked with him.
Having recorded five top tier wins on the bounce, Huddersfield will now be keen to cement their place in the top eight ahead of the split and, currently sitting in the last of those positions, they are in a strong position. A feel good atmosphere now surrounds the club after turning their season around and the acquisition of Hastings would be a signal of intent – there is no doubting his talent. What it would present is a selection dilemma for the coach with Olly Russell having impressed in recent weeks while Danny Brough, Jordan Turner and Lee Gaskell are all seasoned Super League players who have featured in the halves recently.
Nevertheless, the problem of having quality players and strength in depth is a problem any head coach would love to have.