Woolford – Ikahihifo still part of plans at the Giants
SIMON Woolford says prop Sebastine Ikahihifo is in his plans for the new Super League season.
The former New Zealand Warriors ace had been linked with a move to Castleford Tigers, but the Giants head coach says he remains in his plans for the new season, and started him against Bradford Bulls yesterday.
The Giants completed a swap move with the Tigers on Friday which saw Joe Wardle return to the John Smith’s Stadium and Jordan Rankin head the other way.
“Cas did entertain the idea of swapping him for Wardle but it never really grew any legs and we feel comfortable with that,” said Woolford.
“We feel we could do with some more depth in the outside backs and back row and that’s what Joe will give us.
“Sebastine is well and truly in our plans this year.
“He came back a little bit under-done and I was a little disappointed there but I’ve had a couple of good talks with him and he knows that, while he’s here, we’re going to work with him to get the best out of him.
“He’s really knuckled down and trained hard the last two or three weeks.”
Meanwhile, Jermaine McGillvary has paid tribute to his Giants team-mate Michael Lawrence.
The England winger played in Lawrence’s testimonial against Bradford Bulls yesterday, and has revealed the impact the loose-forward has had on his own career.
“Even though Michael is a couple of years younger than me and plays in a different positions, watching how hard he works on and off the field has definitely motivated me through the years and shown me how I can better myself,” said McGillvary.
“I would say his best quality is his professionalism, he trains the way he plays.
“I tried training with him once in the gym, many years ago - it was my first and last time!
“I like to go at my own pace but he is relentless, it’s very much all or nothing with him!
“He’s a leader within our group, he’s a person we all look up to, a true top professional.”
Darnell McIntosh was one of several try scorers for the Giants against the Bulls