MARTYN Ridyard won’t line up against his home town club in Leigh’s penultimate game before their Super League survival campaign begins.

Ridyard had speculated he might feature for loan club Huddersfield in tomorrow’s clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.

However, Leigh head coach, Neil Jukes, confirmed the popular half back can’t play any active part in a game that could see Giants secure a Super 8’s berth.

“The loan states Martyn can’t play against us,” said Jukes. “Both parties were in agreement.

“It’s been he same with other players including Curtis Naughton “It just doesn’t really make sense to put someone in against their own club. It can come back to haunt you and it has done for many different clubs.”

Ridyard, contracted to Leigh for another season, has scored one try, kicked 26 goals and only once been on the losing side in six appearances for Huddersfield.

Should Warrington lose at champions, Wigan, tonight (Thursday) then Rick Stone’s Huddersfield will finish in the top eight. Victory against Leigh will make sure in the event of a Wire success.

“The ultimate prize for Huddersfield is to stay in Super League and I expect it to be a good battle,” added Jukes.

“They have found some form of late, put some good teams to the sword and posted plenty of points.

“They gave just put 40 on a side (Widnes) hat beat us a few weeks ago so they have a lot of confidence.”

Jukes hopes Gareth Hock is fit to return to face the Giants for the first time since May 21.

The former England forward underwent knee surgery during his absence but Jukes says: “So, far so good this week in training.

“He has got through everything asked of him.

“Ideally we’d like to give Gaz some minutes to get him ready for the business end of the year.

“He has had a clean out of his knee in and around the cartilage. So, we need to make we get it right so there are no more complications.”

Skipper Micky Higham came through his comeback from hamstring trouble and is ready to go again against the Giants.

* Jamie Acton’s disciplinary case has been delayed for a second time and he won’t feature against Huddersfield.

Acton, 25, was charged with “other contrary behaviour” after an incident in Leigh’s defeat against Catalans Dragons.

He is accused of grabbing Greg Bird’s shirt, lifting him and then pushing him to the floor as he lay injured.

The latest postponement is to allow Acton’s legal representative to attend. Acton is charged with a Grade F offence which carries a minimum ban of eight games if found guilty.

*Chairman and owner Derek Beaumont has been fined £2,000 by the Rugby Football League over his criticism of referee Chris Kendall and match officials in general after Leigh’s 38-0 defeat by Castleford last May.

However, fans have started a Just Giving page to raise funds to pay-off the fine.

In return, Beaumont will match any sum raised and donate it to the family of tragic Culcheth Eagles player, Adam Cooper.

At the time of going to press 59 people had pledged nearly £600.