GIANTS rising star Jermaine McGillvary has his eyes on the future.
Having signed a contract extension that keeps him with his hometown club until 2016, the 23-year-old has now set his sights on the immediate target of the Giants push for success in the Super League XVI play-offs.
Three games remain starting with tomorrow’s trip to Salford City Reds (8.00) before home outings against Harlequins and Leeds, and McGillvary wants a winning run to close the regular season.
“The past couple of weeks have been a little disappointing in terms of the results that we have come up with,” said McGillvary.
“We have not been winning games as we were doing earlier in the season and we have been disappointed at times with our performances.
“ We really need to get some good form together and get some wins to take into the play-offs.
“We did okay in our performance at St Helens, but as we head into the business end of the season we do need some victories to go with better displays.”
The 19-6 defeat by Saints at Widnes’ Stobart Stadium saw the Giants compete well, but the England Knights player feels that is not enough.
“Obviously we go into every game to win it, but over a season you are going to get hit now and again,” he said.
“But we probably have had a few more defeats than we would have liked over the past nine or 10 weeks and we need to get back on track.
“Hopefully we can do that against Salford.”
In the longer term McGillvary is determined to help bring success to the Giants after the club moved to keep him for another five years – any other honours will be a bonus. “Signing the new deal definitely means more hard work,” said the 23-year-old.
“There is no chance to relax because if you relax in rugby league there is always someone there who is going to take your place.
“But getting the deal is really exciting because the club have shown their belief in me.
“They believe that I am going to get better and progress as a player and it is up to me to do that.
“I am getting great support from the coaches and the backroom staff who help to develop my game and they have shown that they trust me to keep on improving over the next five years.
“My personality is really to keep a low profile and work hard both on and off the field.
“If you do your work well then you should get noticed, but first and foremost I want to do well for Huddersfield because they are the people who are backing me.
“If that leads to recognition from England then that is great, but the overriding ambition has to be to do well with Huddersfield.”