Giants reject O’Donnell offer
6th February 2013
Huddersfield Giants have rejected a proposed swap deal with Sydney Roosters for Australian forward Luke O’Donnell.
The 32-year-old former Kangaroos back rower still has a year left on his contract with the Giants but Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan confirmed to the Australian media that his club were interested in acquiring his services.
However, the Sydney club, now coached by former Catalan Dragons boss Trent Robinson, have already reached their salary cap following the capture of internationals Michael Jennings and Sonny Bill Williams and needed to offload players in order to bring in O’Donnell.
Fringe second rower Tom Symonds, 23, was thought to be one of the players offered to Huddersfield in exchange.
Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: “Given media reports in Sydney, I feel duty bound to comment on a matter that I feel would have been best kept confidential but now seems to be growing into a media frenzy.
“Our head coach Paul Anderson was contacted by the Roosters suggesting a swap deal involving Luke O’Donnell but none of the options presented to us were deemed satisfactory.
“We of course informed Luke personally as these things seem to have ways of leaking out and he is very comfortable with our actions in respect of what occurred.
“He remains a Giant and will face London Broncos on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium which is where all of our energies are focused and not in expanding upon potentially destabilising player movement rumours.
“It is particularly disappointing that the reporting has taken the focus away from what was a magnificent opening for our club by winning at St Helens for the first time in 35 years and in a manner that was so eye-catching.”
O’Donnell has made just 23 appearances in two years because of injury and underwent a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season yet made an impressive return in Huddersfield’s 40-4 win at Saints last Saturday.