McGillvary commits long-term future to Huddersfield

Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new four-year extension to his contract.

The 27-year-old, who was recognised at the Man of Steel awards in Manchester on Monday night after scoring 27 tries this year, is being widely tipped for England honours after his prolific end to the season.

“Everyone knew that Jerry was a good player,” said Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson.

“My challenge to him at the start of the year was to show he is a very, very good player and one who should be asking questions of selection into the national team.

“The only way to do that is through consistently high form and everyone can see that’s exactly what the lad has produced.

“He has finished his year as Super League’s top try scorer and is right up there for his metres gained which is a huge part of his armoury.

“Every winger will tell you he needs quality inside him and Jerry’s got that here which being the type of lad he is he is always the first to say.

“He’s a Huddersfield boy and that’s important to us too and demonstrates to the game that our local area produces talent which gets its rewards and obviously everyone knows he is a fans’ favourite.”

McGillvary, who scored 13 tries in the Super 8s as the Giants fell at the semi-final hurdle, had a year left on his current deal but says he never had any intention of leaving his home-town club.

He said: “I’m happy at Huddersfield, I always have been and I imagine I always will be.

“The supporters are always great to me and I hope I can keep playing and improving to give them some success.”