Nathan Peats, Nathaniel Peteru and Olly Ashall-Bott are set to play their final games for Huddersfield Giants when they host Leigh Centurions on Sunday (Match betting – Giants 1/4, draw 25/1, Centurions 16/5).
It has been a hugely disappointing campaign for both clubs in the Betfred Super League, but they have one final chance to put in a positive performance at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Giants were tipped to push for a play-off spot in 20 after just missing out last season, however, injuries have been a thorn in head coach Ian Watson’s side throughout the campaign.
They go into Sunday’s season finale sitting 10th after winning eight of their 15 engagements, but they have come out on top in two of their three fixtures, beating sixth-placed Hull KR and table-toppers Catalans Dragons.
Leigh, meanwhile, have been unable to match the levels required to compete in the top-flight and are heading straight back to the Championship.
Centurions’ fate has been clear for a long time after they lost their opening 16 games, but they have rallied slightly to win two of their last five.
Sunday’s match will offer up one final chance for hooker Peats and prop Peteru, who both joined on loan deals from Leigh in July, to step out on to the field for the Giants.
Meanwhile, Ashall-Bott linked up with the West Yorkshire club on a 12-month deal ahead of the 2021 campaign, but he hasn’t been offered an extension.
Watson said: “Those three at the moment haven’t got contracts, but they have been very important for us over this last period.
“Ideally we’d love to keep them, but the salary cap and quota spaces will mean that might not be possible. It could be their last game and we want to send them out on a win as they have been outstanding for us.”
Huddersfield (-14 3-way Handicap – 11/10) have won the last two meetings with Leigh, triumphing 44-6 in the reverse fixture, while they were 36-4 winners when last hosting the Centurions in 2017.