SPEEDY wingman Jermaine McGillvary has signed a three-and-a-half year Super League contract with the Giants.
The 20-year-old winger from Bradley – cousin of full-back Leroy Cudjoe – has been impressing in the Reserves and is hoping for a first-team chance before the end of the season.
He is not in the squad for tomorrow’s clash with the Catalans Dragons at the Galpharm – when it’s free admission and chairman Ken Davy is set to make a major half-time announcement – but the Giants have high hopes for him.
“Jermaine’s progress so far has been staggering and we believe we can push him still further,” said managing director Richard Thewlis.
“When he first came to the club last year he simply asked if he could train with the Reserves, but he quickly impressed and got picked for the Under 21s.
“He’s been outstanding in his development this season, culminating in a fabulous loan spell with Batley, and we just think he is well worth giving every possible opportunity to become a Super League professional.”
McGillvary, who quit playing football with Dalton Dynamoes to try his luck in rugby league, has been on a part-time deal but will now be part of the first-team squad working under coach Nathan Brown next term.
Shane Elford is added to the Giants squad for the Catalans game, Steve Snitch dropping out.