POWERHOUSE Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary can’t wait to start Super League XVIII injury-free – after successful post-season ankle surgery.

The 24-year-old England Knights ace was struggling for the final two months of last season with an ankle tear.

That meant he played in pain during the crucial run-in to the end of the 2012 campaign.

But with McGillvary due to finish his rehab programme this week and join the full squad for pre-season training next Monday, the explosive No5 can’t wait to train – and play – again at full throttle.

“The last few months of last season were tough,” he reflected.

“The injury had a serious effect on what I could do, both in terms of training and playing.

“But that’s behind me now.

“My surgery went well and my rehab’s gone well, so now I’m really looking forward to testing myself out with the rest of the boys on the training field.

“To be honest, I can’t wait to be working again without any pain.”

And McGillvary knows this is a sentiment reflected by a number of his teammates.

“A lot of us were struggling at the end of the season and in need of surgery,” he added.

“There are now a lot of us feeling much better and raring to go again.”