Huddersfield Giant boss Ian Watson isn’t surprised to see Hull FC linked with a move for Joe Wardle.
As reported by Rugby League Hub, the Black and Whites have shown an interest in taking Wardle to the MKM Stadium next season.
Brett Hodgson has spoken regularly about adding strength in depth to his pack and the back-rower is one they are looking at to bolster their options.
Wardle has struggled with injuries this season and he has been fit enough to make just one appearance for the Giants this year, stepping off the bench and scoring a try in a defeat to Salford Red Devils in June.
As such, it is believed the 29-year-old would have to prove his fitness before FC step up their interest.
“I’ve seen exactly the same as you guys,” Watson said when asked about the link.
“Joe has had a lot of injuries over the last couple of years which has frustrated him and it has been frustrating for a coach this year.
“When you see him train and play he is a high quality player, but at Huddersfield we need a settled and a durable side going forward.
“We would have loved Joe to have been involved in that going forward.
“I’m not surprised Hull are looking at him, he’s a great fella and he’s now nearly fully fit.”
Despite starting his career at Bradford Bulls, Wardle has spent most of his career with Huddersfield, enjoying two spells with the club with stints at Newcastle Knights and Castleford Tigers sandwiched in between.