Huddersfield Giants have options to replace Wardle

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson insists he has plenty of candidates to replace the injured Joe Wardle, as they gear up to face Warrington Wolves on Sunday.

The Giants have been rocked by the news that Wardle damaged ankle ligaments in Saturday’s defeat to Catalan Dragons, which will rule him out for between three and four weeks.

However, despite Aaron Murphy looking like the most likely candidate to come in to replace Wardle, Anderson kept his cards close to his chest during his pre-match press conference, and refused to give away the name of the man who will step in.

“Losing Joe for three to four weeks with his ankle injury is obviously far from ideal,” said Anderson.

“But I’m certainly not losing sleep over who plays in the three-quarters and where, because we’re not exactly short of options.

“We’ve got the option of playing Aaron Murphy there, putting Michael Lawrence in at centre after his ban or switching Brett Ferres to the three-quarters. At this stage, I don’t think anyone should jump to any conclusions.”

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