ROCKET Rod Jensen, left, and Jamahl Lolesi have been installed as the joint favourites to finish as the leading Giants’ tryscorers in 2008.
After scoring six tries – including a hat trick at Hull – in three pre-season appearances Jensen is quoted at 4-1, the same odds as Lolesi.
The list has been offered by CP Bookmakers for all the competitive games – Super League and Challenge Cup – for the 2008 Season.
‘Investments’ can be made at the Galpharm Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Super League opener against Leeds.
Leading odds are: Rod Jensen 4/1, Jamahl Lolesi 4/1, Paul Whatuira 9/2, Shane Elford 5/1, Stephen Wild 6/1, Kevin Brown 13/2, Chris Thorman 9/1. 20/1 Bar.
Prices are, of course, subject to fluctuations.
Meanwhile, Ian Lenagan will have a foot in both camps when Wigan open their Super League XIII campaign at Harlequins today, but the millionaire insists there will be no divided loyalties.
Lenagan, a Wigan-born businessman, achieved a boyhood dream in December when he took control of his home town club but he remains the majority shareholder of Harlequins and still has a soft spot for the Londoners.
He suspects some mischief-making on the part of the fixture planners in pairing his clubs together in the first round but he is nailing his colours firmly to the Wigan mast.
“It will be a bit special but I could have done without it being the first game,” he said.
“I didn’t want to be seen as the enemy because I enjoyed my three years at Harlequins and I love the fans. I would have preferred to have gone as a friend.
“But that’s life. There will be no doubt about who I will be supporting.”
Lenigan also believes Quins can defy the pundits who expect them to be vying with promoted Castleford for the wooden spoon.
And Castleford coach Terry Matterson has no problems with pundits predicting his side to finish bottom on their return to Super League.
The Tigers go into the new campaign with just 22 players, the smallest squad in Super League, and the loss of Kirk Dixon and Ryan Clayton through injury further reduced his options for tonight’s home game against Catalans.
“It’s probably reality,” he said of the predictions.
“That’s where we’re at, to be honest, at this point in time.
“But we are definitely aiming higher.”