LEE GILMOUR has one of the biggest rugby league medal collections of any player still actively involved at the top level.
But that hasn’t lessened his desire for even more success at Huddersfield, with the Dewsbury-born utility ace eyeing even more Challenge Cup glory.
The 33-year-old former Great Britain ace is expected to line-up in the Giants’ second row in Sunday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final clash at Castleford, with fellow back-rowers Luke O’Donnell and David Fa’alogo ruled out through injury.
Yet whatever role Gilmour is given he’s ready – as always – to give 100% to the Giants’ cause.
“When you’ve won something, you realise how special it is,” he said.
“As an ageing player who’s coming to the last two or three years of your playing career, you know any final could be your last.
“I’ve made it clear the Giants are more than capable of winning silverware, and it would be fantastic if that could happen this year.”
Out of the current Super League playing roster, the vastly-experienced Giant has the joint most number of Challenge Cup winners’ medals, with himself and former St Helens teammate Paul Wellens having five apiece.
His most memorable moment in the famous competition came when he was a Saint alongside Wellens in the 2004 final, as he played his former team Wigan at the Millennium Stadium.
He said “I think they’re all special, but possibly 2004, where I scored the opening try and it was a Saints-Wigan derby, so may be that one stands out most.”
The former Great Britain international, however, believes that winning the Cup with the Giants would be extra special.
“It would be really special for me and all the players here, because as a club we haven’t managed to make the extra step and win something.”
However, Gilmour, doesn’t believe that it is a welcome distraction from the club’s recent under-par league form, which has seen the Giants lose their last two games, and their last four away from home.
When asked about whether the Cup was a welcome break from the league, he replied: “I’m not sure about that, it’s a different competition, and everybody wants to get to a final, and everybody wants to get to Wembley.
“So we’re all looking forward to the game, and hopefully we’ll get through to the semis.
“And as one of the senior players in the squad I’m more than happy to pass on any advice about the Challenge Cup to the youngsters here if they feel they need any.
“Having said that, they tend to look up to all the internationals and former Australian NRL players within the squad. We all chip in with the young lads.
“Before a match, the coach tells us what to do, but when you’re on the pitch you have to work things out for yourself, and that ability to sort things between yourselves during a game can go a very long way.”
The draw for the semi-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup will be made live on BBC 2 immediately after the conclusion of Sunday’s televised Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos quarter-final fixture at the KC Stadium, which also kicks-off at 3.30pm.