Wool­ford – Ikahi­hifo still part of plans at the Gi­ants

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - Gia Nts 56 Bradford Bulls 12 -

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

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