Super League star facing “awful end to his career” but things are looking up

Ash Handley at Leeds Rhinos, Liam Marshall at Wigan Warriors, Matty Ashton at Warrington Wolves, Ryan Hall at Hull KR and Josh Charnley at Leigh Leopards as well as Tom Johnstone and Tommy Makinson, there are some great wingers in Super League but one of the greatest is Jermaine McGillvary.

The Huddersfield Giants star was the top try scorer in Super League back in 2015 and the winger then went on to establish himself as a regular star for England scoring tries for fun in the 2017 World Cup as arguably England’s best player.

After this, NRL clubs came calling but he elected to remain at the club and is now a legend but with a nasty injury lately and his career potentially coming to an end there was a fear he could have played his last game but Ian Watson is hoping he could avoid “an awful end” to his career.

He said: “He actually ran late last week and he’s ran this week as well. He’s actually at around about 75 to 80% of speed now which that, fingers crossed, should mean he’s hopefully not too far off.

“So he’s got to see a few people to make sure they agree with everything that’s being done and where he is at, but it looks it looks more positive than it did say a few weeks back anyway for sure so fingers crossed that he’ll be able to feature before the end of the year.

“I’d seen a lot of press things about saying that it might be his last ever game and it’d be awful that if this is going to be his last year, then that would have been an awful way to finish what has been an absolutely great career.

“Hopefully he can get back playing and then he feels pretty good on the back end of that. He’s had a fair lot of injuries to deal with this year, but it’s looking more positive this week anyway.”

They take on the Leeds Rhinos this week and the team news is in.

Morgan Gannon returns to the squad after making his come back from injury last week against Warrington reserves.

However Leeds are without James McDonnell, who has not recovered enough from the back injury he suffered last week, and Corey Johnson, who left last week’s win over Warrington with an injury.

The Rhinos are also without Nene Macdonald, who has returned to Australia for a week to attend the birth of his child this weekend.

Youngster Alfie Edgell could make his debut after being drafted into the squad following a string of impressive performances for the Reserves whilst winger Liam Tindall is back in contention for selection after being called into the 21 man squad this week.

The Giants meanwhile are without Jermaine McGillvary and Ash Golding as well as Josh Jones whose absence continues.

They do have all their spine players like Jake Connor, Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages, Olly Russell and Will Pryce to pick from.