Giants closing in on Ferguson

Huddersfield Giants are thought to be closing in on the signing of Dale Ferguson.

League Express understands that the Giants are keen to bring back the Bradford backrower for a second spell at the John Smith’s Stadium after he left the Giants to join the Bulls in 2014.

The Scotland international is out of contract at the Provident Stadium at the end of the season and is free to hold talks with other clubs.

Paul Anderson boosted his pack just over a week ago by signing St George Illawarra forward Sebastine Ikahihifo, who made his debut in the club’s Magic Weekend victory against St Helens.

However, it would appear the Huddersfield chief is still keen to boost his pack further ahead of 2017, with the signing of Ikahihifo signalling the club’s first arrival in the pack since the departure of Brett Ferres to Leeds just before the start of the season.

Ferguson, 28, left Huddersfield after helping them win the League Leaders Shield in 2013 before suffering relegation with Bradford in 2015.

The news will come as a blow to the Bulls, who themselves are trying to improve their squad continuously as they attempt to go one step further than they did in 2015 and secure a return to Super League.

During Rohan Smith’s first press conference as Bradford head coach last week, the club’s managing director Steve Ferres said he was hopeful of keeping the club’s big names, with Lee Gaskell and Danny Addy two other players off contract at the end of the season.

Ferres said: “We’ve got to prove that our aims are their aims.

“We want Super League football and they want Super League football, and if we can demonstrate that to them and prove we can get there, then I’m sure they’ll still be with us.”