Huddersfield coach Ian Watson has confirmed his club’s his interest in signing St Helens playmaker Theo Fages.
The 26-year-old French international is one of several Saints players out of contract at the end of the season and coach Kristian Woolf admits the club are expecting to lose at least some of them due to salary cap pressure, although he is keen to retain the services of Fages.
Watson, who coached the scrum-half in his time at Salford, says the Giants have lodged an interest with the player’s agent but he expects stiff competition.
Watson said: “Theo has been a top player for a number of years – he was at Salford when I was there – so we’re definitely interested in top-quality players but nothing has been done or sorted out on the back of that.
“He’s 26 and look at what he’s done at Saints. He controls and organises their team, so I think every team in the country, if not the NRL, will be interested in Theo.
“We definitely have an interest and have registered that interest with his agent but you can’t ever just go off that.”
Fages, who has been at St Helens for the last six seasons and played in their back-to-back Grand Final triumphs, was free to talk to other clubs after the transfer market opened on May 1.