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O'Donnell in dark over Chooks


Steve Mascord

Interest ... Luke O'Donnell.

Interest ... Luke O'Donnell. Photo: Getty Images

FORMER Kangaroos forward Luke O'Donnell will not confirm or deny asking his English club for a release and says he is unsure of the extent of Sydney Roosters' interest in him.

But his Huddersfield coach is surprised by reports that the Bondi Junction outfit is clearing salary-cap space in the hope of signing O'Donnell for this season.

Roosters recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan confirmed the club's interest. O'Donnell has a year to run at Huddersfield, plus a further season option.

''There was a little bit of interest there, they spoke to my manager - I think - at the end of last year,'' O'Donnell said at Langtree Park after helping the Giants stun St Helens 40-4 on Saturday.

''I don't know if it's anything to do with that. If they've spoken to my manager … in the last couple of days, I'm not too sure. My manager wouldn't want to mention too much to me before my first game.

''That's all news to me. Like I said, there was a little bit of interest there but it hasn't developed too much more than that. I don't know if someone has pre-empted something happening but nothing is happening as yet.''

Asked if he had asked the Giants for a release, O'Donnell said: ''I can't really say anything. While I'm here, I'm just focused on playing well for the Giants and that's it. Whatever happens, happens.''

Told of the report, Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson said: ''Who's come up with that? Did he look like he wanted a release there [tonight]?''

Asked if O'Donnell was going anywhere, Anderson replied: ''Not as we're stood here at the minute.''

Rooster Tom Symonds is reportedly heading in the opposite direction, with a Super League stint this year on the cards.

Saturday's result was a big shock, coming as it did in coach Nathan Brown's first match in charge of St Helens after leaving Huddersfield in contentious circumstances last season.

Huddersfield fans sung ''what's the score, Browny, what's the score'' throughout the second half.

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