England winger Jermaine McGillvary will definitely be staying with Huddersfield, says team-mate Michael Lawrence.
McGillvary, 29, has caught the world’s attention with seven tries in the World Cup to help England to what was ultimately an agonising final defeat to Australia.
That has led to speculation linking him with big money moves to Warrington and the NRL, but a man who knows him better than most says he’ll be staying at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Lawrence told the club’s official website: “I speak to him pretty much every day. Me, Jerry and Leroy (Cudjoe) have our own group chat and we chat to him very often.
“He’s contracted here for the next good few years and he’ll definitely be coming back. He loves Huddersfield so he’ll be back and fully focused on coming back and having a good year for us.
“He’ll come back a better player, after being in that environment with those players in a high class environment. With the experience he’s had playing over there, hopefully he can bring that back and pass it on.
“He’s one of the big leaders in our team so if he can pass some of that on to some of our young outside-backs in the likes of Darnell McIntosh, Sam Wood and Jared Simpson, it can only benefit them as well.”
McGillvary, who was named in the team of the tournament, has spent his entire career with the Giants, though did have loan spells in the Championship with Batley and Barrow earlier in his career.