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Jermaine McGillvary commits to Huddersfield Giants
Huddersfield Giants wingman Jermaine McGillvary has committed his foreseeable future to the club by signing an improved and extended deal which will run until the end of the 2022 season. The England star has played 202 games for the Giants scoring 151 tries and is expected to be named in the national side for this Autumn’s games with New Zealand.
The flying wingman was the name on everyone’s lips at the World Cup with much speculation surrounding a move down under as McGillvary took out awards for England’s best and a place in the World team of the year.
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis commented: “Jermaine was without a doubt the star of the World Cup from an England perspective and came back to us with an enormous profile which we’d hope to see further enhanced in the series with New Zealand. We were aware that NRL clubs had been sniffing around and we all understand the salary cap differentials in play can make retaining players difficult. Our budgets and cap had been fixed by this point so we did approach the RFL to help Jermaine by making him one of their centrally funded players which seemed to us an obvious fit as he had clearly done the majority of the media/promotional work down under and was both “the story” and “the face of England RL” alongside his wonderful playing performances. The request for financial support for Jermaine (which is enjoyed by other players and clubs) was not forthcoming and so the burden fell solely upon us and we were able towards the end of the season to both improve and extend Jermaine’s contract with us which was great news for all concerned and I am sure will be well received by the supporters.”
Jermaine McGillvary said: “I’m over the moon to resign with the Club! The Club and supporters mean everything to me. It’s my hometown Club, I’ve never wanted to leave as long as everything is in the right place. The Club has always treated me well, especially Ken, they’ve always treated me well and that’s why I play so hard. As long as I feel loved, I’ll do anything for the Club. It’s the same with the fans, they’ve always shown a huge amount of support and love. It just makes my time here a lot more enjoyable and it makes me want to stay here for the remainder of my career and even after that if there’s an opportunity.”