DAVID HODGSON is hoping the return of fellow winger Leroy Cudjoe will help signal a return to winning ways for the Giants.
Cudjoe missed Sunday’s 24-6 home Super League defeat against St Helens to give him the chance to recover from a couple of slight knocks.
But the 21-year-old former Newsome Panthers junior will return on the right wing, with Hodgson continuing on the left as Huddersfield bid to bounce back against Catalans Dragons at the Galpharm tonight.
Cudjoe’s return can’t be underestimated, with the youngster currently top of the Giants’ 2010 tryscoring charts with seven, including a hat trick in the win at Harlequins 13 days ago.
And even though that form could threaten Hodgson’s attempt to finish as the club’s leading tryscorer for a second successive season – he scored 18 last season – the 28-year-old former England international is more concerned at having one of his in-form teammates back in the fold.
“Having Leroy back is great news for us,” said Hodgson, who trails Cudjoe in the tryscoring charts by three, along with Shaun Lunt and Scott Grix.
“And the fact he’s a rival of mine in the race to finish as the club’s top tryscorer means absolutely nothing at all.
“Obviously, it’s always good to score tries, but there isn’t much competition between us as to who finishes top because we just want to win games and everyone is at their happiest when we do that.
“We don’t set any targets for the number of tries we score in a season, although we do know the more we score, the more chance we have of winning games.
“And I also know that in Paul Whatuira I’ve got one of the best centres in the game to help put me over, which I hope he does tonight, of course!”
But Hodgson is the first to admit the in-form side from the South of France won’t be making it easy.
“Catalans come here on the back of a good win against Hull KR, so it will be a hard test and a physical battle,” he added.
“During the week we’ve been having a look at where we went wrong so we can hopefully put that right tonight.”
The Giants are encouraging junior fans to celebrate Easter in style by getting to the Galpharm early tonight, with the first 500 through the turnstiles being handed a free Cadbury’s Crème Egg.