This winter has seen a rather inconsistent and generally unimpressive England team reach the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup in Australia and a huge part of their success thus far has been the form of Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary.
Thus far comfortably the top metre maker at the tournament, ‘Jerry’ has also scored six tries in four games this winter and, as a result, is attracting deserved attention from teams Down Under. The 29 year old has an international record of roughly a try a game and, in Huddersfield colours, has 127 tries in 183 games for his only ever permanent club – other than loan spells at Batley and Barrow, McGillvary has been with the Giants for his whole professional career.
This, perhaps, may be a reason why a move to the NRL is unlikely. Being a Huddersfield native, he clearly has roots in the area and his son is currently a highly rated prospect at the Manchester City Football Club academy – why would McGillvary seek to uproot his young family by moving? This week, Rugby League Express wrote that he is happy at the John Smith’s Stadium but that he would never rule out a move, quoted saying “it’s something I would definitely have a look at. I’m very ambitious and I would like to play in the best leagues against the best players… but there’s never been any solid interest.”
If he keeps up his form from this tournament when he returns to Huddersfield in 2018, interest may very well end up being solid and, already in his late 20s, McGillvary may seek to take the financial rewards available to those playing at the very top level of club rugby league.