Huddersfield Giants star Brett Ferres has apologised to the club’s supporters, staff and teammates for the sending-off which has cost him a five-match ban.

The 27-year-old England international was dismissed for a dangerous throw on St Helens’ Jonny Lomax in the Giants’ 17-16 Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth-round defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium.

 

He was charged with a Grade E offence, carrying a ban of four to eight matches, and subsequently sidelined for five games – a massive blow to the Giants ahead of Thursday night’s trip to Hull FC.

Ferres believes the Giants would have gone through in the Cup had he not seen red and has taken to Twitter to apologise to all concerned.

“I would like to publicly apologise to Jonny Lomax for the incident that occurred on Sunday,” said Ferres, who earned a World Cup place based on his outstanding performances when the club won the League Leaders Shield last season.

“I would never intentionally put someone in a position that could potentially injure them.

“There was no intent or malice in the tackle and I am glad that Jonny is okay.

“I have accepted my punishment and hopefully we won’t see any more incidents like this in the game.”

Ferres, who signed for the Giants in 2012 from Castleford Tigers, continued: “I also want to apologise to my Giants teammates, the staff at the club and all the supporters.

“We put ourselves in a great position to win the game and I am sure if I wouldn’t have got sent off we would have won.

“Thank you for the messages of support. I will be knuckling down and working hard during my suspension and hope to have a big impact in helping my team on my return. Thanks again.”

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