Jermaine McGillvary says his team won’t be looking to target ex-Giant Brett Ferres when Huddersfield and Leeds lock horns tonight, following Ferres’ off-season departure from the club for sleeping with the wife of a teammate.
The England forward was caught in bed with Craig Huby’s wife and was suspended by the Giants, making a January move to Yorkshire rivals the Rhinos. Ferres is set to play against his old club for the first time but Huby will miss the game with injury.
McGillvary said none of the Hudderfield players will be targeting Ferres on the field in defence of Huby.
“Obviously what’s gone has gone on,” he said.
“There were two players not players and one of them is not playing so it’s just Huddersfield against Leeds. That’s been put to the backburner.
\”Maybe if they come up against each other later on in the season it might be different but it’s about trying to get the two points at the end of the day.
“Both teams are not on a great run with results and have both had a lot of injuries. I don’t think anyone will be targeting Brett or Brett will try and get one over on us, it’ll be just trying to play his normal game like we all will be.”
Huddersfield has yet to win a game this season and has been hit by a horrific injury crisis.
McGillvary said despite the injuries the mood at the club is good.
\”Everyone’s positive and the young lads are keen to impress,\” he said.
\”At the end of the day that’s what we all train for. The young lads are 18-years that are training and playing with us, that’s what we’re they’re training for, to play Super League.
\”They’re getting the chance a bit early than expected but they’re standing up at the moment. But we definitely need players back to climb up that table.
\”Because it’s going to be hard for them to keep back to back games of quality, what they’re not used to. They need to be not thrown in but given time, given games here and there, just to help them progress as players.\”
The last time Leeds and Huddersfield met the Rhinos won the League Leader\’s Shield in dramatic circumstances with a last-minute try.
The winger admits he\’s tired of seeing that famous footage.
“That image, it does my head in now,\” he said.
\”It was disheartening at the time and it got quite funny, it kept going on and on and on. Now it’s pretty boring. It does do my head in. It’s more annoying than anything.
\”But it should be a good game, we always have good games against Leeds no matter what the situation is. Us and Leeds always have good games so hopefully it will be another one again. But hopefully we come out on top.”