Jermaine McGillvary unlikely to play again this season

Jermaine McGillvary Huddersfield SWpix
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Huddersfield have been dealt a major injury blow to star winger Jermaine McGillvary, who is almost certain not to play again in 2022.

The former England winger suffered an MCL knee injury in their 25-0 defeat at St Helens last weekend.

And now it has been confirmed by Watson that Jermaine McGillvary has been ruled out for up to three months, meaning it is highly unlikely he will play again this year.

“It is his MCL,” Watson said. “It is better than what we thought. With the way it had swollen up the day after there was a suspicion it was his ACL but we’ve been lucky with Jez.

“He will be 10 to 12 weeks. Luckily for us, there is no complications on the back of that.

“10 to 12 weeks is more or less near the end of the season anyway so at this moment in time I would say the likelihood (of him playing again this year) is very, very slim.

“He will be fully ready to go ready for pre-season which is probably what he needs coming back from that injury.”

Huddersfield sign Kevin Naiqama

Huddersfield have signed three-time Super League Grand Final winner Kevin Naiqama on a two-year deal from 2023.

The 33-year-old will make the move from Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He has made just five appearances for Trent Robinson’s side, scoring twice.

Naiqama is captain of his native Fiji and has made 118 appearances in the NRL. He will be hoping to play in his third World Cup this autumn.

Naiqama said: “I’m hoping to add value to the team and set up the success that we’re hoping to achieve.

“It’s really exciting to be joining the Giants. Huddersfield have come up this year more than any other year.

“There’s no surprise to that with Ian Watson and the group of players that are there, they’re building something really special. I hope to be a valuable part of it.”

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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