PAUL ANDERSON has warned Jermaine McGillvary he can’t take an automatic Giants return for granted.
The England Knights winger missed Friday’s 32-8 Super League XVIII victory at champions Leeds Rhinos with a back spasm and was replaced by youngster Matty Dawson.
But even though the 24-year-old is expected to be fit for Saturday’s home clash against Hull FC as the Giants look to maintain their lead at the top of the table, Giants chief Anderson has made it clear he’s not ruling out keeping an unchanged backline.
“Jerry has started the season well and is our leading try-scorer so far (with five),” said Anderson, whose side have now won five of their opening six 2013 fixtures. “That’s why we gave him until the morning of the game to take a decision on whether he would be playing, because he’d actually picked up the problem at training on Wednesday.
“But Matty came in and did a great job, while Aaron Murphy put in another really solid performance on the other wing.
“In fact, they’ve both given me a bit of a selection headache.
“There’s no way after the way these two performed at Headingley that Jerry can take an immediate return for granted, and he’s aware of that.
“I already know we’ve got some tough decisions ahead of us this week over who’ll take the two wing spots. It’s up to all of them – and I also included Luke George and Ben Blackmore in this as well – to make sure with the way they work that the final choice is as difficult for me as possible.
“As a coach, that’s the way you like it. The more players you’ve got battling for spots, the better.
Anderson, meanwhile, is still waiting for news on the severity of the knee injury suffered by back-row forward Jason Chan. The in-form Papua New Guinea international will have a scan today.