Super League clubs chasing Brierley

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Huddersfield Giants halfback Ryan Brierley could be on his way out of the Giants, just six months after he first signed for the club.

Brierley, who moved to Huddersfield in a high-profile switch from Leigh Centurions, has not been able to establish himself since the arrival of Australian coach Rick Stone, although he did feature at halfback in the club’s victory over Leeds on Sunday.

His potential availability has caught the attention of St Helens, Wakefield, Hull KR and Toronto, who would all be keen to sign the halfback should he be allowed to leave by the Giants.

He has made just five appearances since Stone’s arrival two months ago but he earned widespread praise for his performances at halfback in Huddersfield’s victories over Featherstone and Batley, scoring five tries in two matches. However, he was dropped for their next clash with London after Danny Brough returned from suspension.

With Brierley seemingly not in Stone’s plans, he will have plenty of interest elsewhere should the Giants allow him to leave.
St Helens are on the search for at least one new pivot. Travis Burns’ departure has already been revealed, while Luke Walsh has all but confirmed that he will be leaving the club.

Wakefield are also in search of a halfback, with Chris Chester keen to provide cover for Jacob Miller and Liam Finn, who have played every minute of the campaign so far.

Hull Kingston Rovers’ interest stems back to the beginning of the year, when the club was keen to sign him from Leigh. With Albert Kelly’s days at the club thought to be numbered following his recent suspension, Rovers are considering renewing their interest in the Giants man.

The fourth club to have shown interest is Toronto, who are prepared to match Brierley’s wages at Huddersfield to secure his services.
Brierley’s well-documented relationship with former Leigh head coach Paul Rowley is the key to that move, with the Toronto chief keen to reunite with the free-scoring halfback.

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