Jermaine McGillvary to leave Huddersfield Giants after 16 years

Huddersfield Giants have confirmed Jermaine McGillvary will leave the club at the end of the season after 16 years. 

In a statement posted on the clubs website, the Huddersfield Giants said: “Jermaine McGillvary provided the Cowbell Army with memories to last a lifetime over his time at the club, and we believe its only right that we turn out in numbers vs Warrington Wolves in our final game of the season, to ensure that Jermaine can enjoy the best farewell possible, from a club he has given his whole career to. Thank you, Jermaine McGillvary, a true Huddersfield Giant.”

His exit has been rumoured for a while, with McGillvary telling the media after his side’s defeat to Hull KR last week “I think I’m done here”, and his exit has now been confirmed.

McGillvary signed his first professional contract with the Giants back in 2007, however he would have to wait until 2010 to make his debut for the club. Since then, he has gone onto make a total of 311 appearances and score 209 tries in Claret and Gold. He was also a part of the Giants 2013 League Leaders Shield winning squad.

He has struggled for game time this season, mostly through injury. Most recently, a hamstring injury threatened to end his Huddersfield career for him, however he will get the send off he deserves on Friday night in at the John Smiths.

It looks set to be an emotional night on Friday at the John Smiths, not only will it be McGillvary’s final appearance in Claret and Gold, but Chris McQueen will also play his final game of professional Rugby League before returning back to Australia.

In a statement uploaded to the club’s website, the Giants said: “Chris McQueen will call time on a legendary 15-year career on Friday evening, as he will play his last competitive game vs Warrington Wolves.”

During his time at Huddersfield, McQueen was named in the 2022 Super League Dream Team and won the Lance Todd Trophy.