It’s been a difficult few weeks for Brett Ferres – and even describing it like that is a bit of an understatement.
Fresh off winning an international series with England, Ferres’ club future was thrown into doubt shortly after when it emerged he had been suspended from Huddersfield Giants.
Reports had linked him with a move to the NRL but – as our Gossip column reported this morning – those talks with Sydney Roosters seem to have stalled.
So what options does Ferres have on the table? Here’s three routes for his career to potentially head down in the next few weeks.
Drive through a move to the NRL
With the acrimonious circumstances that have stalled Ferres’ career at Huddersfield, perhaps a move to Australia and the other side of the world would be best for all parties.
Ferres would have no shortage of suitors in the NRL, given how he’s one of the finest back-rowers in the business.
A Super League rival?
There’s no doubting that if Ferres did become available at Huddersfield, there would be two or three Super League clubs lining up to make their move.
Clubs such as Salford and Hull FC have already been linked with the services of the 29-year-old for 2016, but this would all be dependent on Huddersfield’s price. Those two in particular would have the room to manoeuvre when it comes to fitting Ferres under the cap, and negotiating a transfer fee.
..stay at Huddersfield?
It might seem far-fetched at the moment, but is there a remote chance of Ferres even managing to stay at Huddersfield in the long run?
With a hefty contract remaining at the Giants and the club clearly not looking to let him go on the cheap, it begs the question: will anyone be able to prise Ferres away? Huddersfield are understood to be weighing up their options and are open to letting him go – but if nobody coughs up the required money, will he be a Giant after all in 2016?