INJURED Jermaine McGillvary is ready to become the first Giants player to undergo post-season surgery – and he can’t wait!
The 24-year-old England Knights ace (left) has been struggling for two months with an ankle injury.
It has restricted his impact and he was in some discomfort during Sunday’s disappointing 46-10 play-off exit at Hull FC, so rectifying the problem can’t come soon enough.
“I’ve got an ankle tear and there’s some blood floating around in there that shouldn’t be,” he revealed.
“As a result, I’ve been in a bit of pain over the past few months, and it’s had a serious effect on what I can and can’t do, both in terms of training and playing.
“To be honest, there are quite a few of us in the club like that at the moment, and I know I won’t be the only one who’ll be needing to have surgery.
“There are also a number of others who need to rest, and that’s what they can do now.
“Obviously, we’d have loved to have beaten Hull in the play-offs and had a crack at Warrington. We were all absolutely gutted we didn’t.
“But at least we can have the surgery and make sure we’re in good shape further down the line.
“It means I should be okay to play a full part in pre-season training.”
Needing the surgery obviously makes McGillvary a major doubt for England Knights ahead of their two-match Alitalia Cup series.
The Knights, who are under the command of Giants assistant coach Kieron Purtill, are due to face Ireland in Belfast on Friday, October 19.
They then take on Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday, October 28.
Also in the Knights’ squad for this autumn’s series are fellow Giants Greg Eden, Michael Lawrence, Larne Patrick and Joe Wardle.
Another Knight is hooker Shaun Lunt, who has spent the second half of the season on loan at Leeds Rhinos but is still contracted to Huddersfield.