Giants Ta’ai up Ak deal

RUGBY LEAGUE

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HUD­DER­S­FIELD wel­comed new sign­ing Akuma Ta’ai to the club – but could be about to lose Aus­tralian for­ward Luke O’Don­nell.

The 25-year-old New Zealand in­ter­na­tional, who has signed a three­year con­tract with the Giants, missed the start of the Su­per League sea­son due to red tape.

But he fi­nally got his visa a week ago and ar­rived at the John Smith’s Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Ta’ai is un­likely to make his de­but against Lon­don Broncos on Sun­day – but he could be a use­ful re­place­ment for O’Don­nell, who looks set to cut short his stay in Su­per League.

The 32-year-old former Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tional back-row for­ward still has a year re­main­ing on his con­tract but is wanted by Syd­ney Roost­ers in time for the start of the new NRL sea­son next month.

Hud­der­s­field re­fused to com­ment, but Roost­ers re­cruit­ment man­ager Peter O’Sul­li­van said: “We’re in­ter­ested if a lot of things could hap­pen.”

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