Huddersfield name just 13 players ahead of Hull FC clash

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson has named just a 13-man squad ahead of Friday’s Super League clash against Hull FC.

The club have confirmed that further additions will follow in the next 24 to 36 hours, but have named just 13 players two days prior to the clash at the KCOM Stadium.

Giants managing director, Richard Thewlis, said: “The system used for squads is fully automated and when a Covid case is reported it automatically voids off the persons concerned.

“That then has a timeline to follow before it clears the allotted time and therefore the player is then made available on the system and a simple button click adds them to our numbers.

“The reality is that this will occur over the next 36 to 48 hours and we will of course publicise more names ahead of the game.

“I accept it looks a little strange to the outside world but its simply how things work and in no way is it anyone’s fault or anyone trying to deceive our opponents who are fully aware of how the system works.

“We are OK to play at Hull on Friday. What we cannot do though is simply throw names in there so things look OK and replace or swap them later as this would cause us to lose substitutions ahead of the game under the regulations therefore for now its just 13 as things clear.”

Huddersfield’s Kenny Edwards, Ricky Leutele, Luke Yates and Aidan Sezer will line-up alongside Jermaine McGillvary for Combined Nations All Stars against England this Friday in a mid-season international test.

Huddersfield squad to face Hull FC: Golding, Wardle, Gaskell, Jones, Greenwood, Wilson, Cudjoe, Gavet, Senior, Trout, Hewitt, Michael, Ashall-Bott.

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