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Giants sign England youth captain to pro deal

Huddersfield have signed England youth captain Matthew English on a three-year professional contract.

English will play at the John Smiths Stadium Credit: Press Association

English, 16, a front-row forward who plays for Wakefield amateur club Stanley Rangers, is following in the footsteps of last year's England youth skipper Liam Johnson, who has gone on to sign a full-time Super League contract with the Giants.

Huddersfield head of youth performance Andy Kelly said: "Matty had a number of academy options and we are delighted that he has chosen to further his development with the Huddersfield Giants."


Jermaine McGillvary returns for the Giants

Huddersfield bring back winger Jermaine McGillvary after he missed the Magic Weekend clash with Bradford with an ankle injury.

Jermaine McGillvary returns for the Giants Credit: Press Association

Taking over from Jodie Broughton after he aggravated a groin injury, it is the only change to the side that beat the Bulls.

Second rower Brett Ferres makes his 200th Super League.

Wildcats sign Giants forward Fairbank

The Wakefield Wildcats have signed Huddersfield Giants forward Jacob Fairbank on a one-month loan deal.

Jacob Fairbank signs for Wakefield on month-long deal Credit: Press Association

Fairbank, 24, has made 20 Super League appearances in all having previously spent time on loan at London Broncos and Bradford Bulls. He has also featured for Batley Bulldogs on dual registration.

“We’ve been in a little bit of a period where we’ve picked some injuries up and we’ve got some guys who are getting back to match fitness,” said Wildcats head coach, Richard Agar.

“We felt that it will boost our ranks in the middle of the field, initially for a month. He’s got a terrific engine so we think he’ll boost our squad and cover one or two issues we’ve got with injuries and fitness.”

Fairbank is expected to go straight into the 19-man squad for Sunday’s game at Hull FC.

Brett Ferres apologises for high tackle

Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres has issued a public apology for the dangerous tackle on St Helens full-back Jonny Lomax that earned him a five-match ban.

The Giants second rower was sent off 64 minutes into his side's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie on Sunday for upending Lomax in the tackle and admitted the grade E offence when he appeared in front of the Rugby League Football's disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening.

He tweeted this apology:

Lunt back for Giants

Huddersfield have hooker Shaun Lunt back against Warrington after an eight-week absence with a knee injury, with Kyle Wood dropping to the bench.

Shaun Lunt Credit: Press Association

Utility player Michael Lawrence is available after completing a one-match ban and will be vying with 19-year-old Jake Connor to take over at centre from the injured Joe Wardle.


Anderson wants response from Giants

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is expecting his side to bounce back from their disappointing result against Hull KR when they visit Widnes.

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Anderson was angered by the Giants' inability to hold onto an 18-point lead against the Robins but will give them the chance to atone for their errors.

"Recent history shows that this club responds to adversity well and we'll prove that on Friday," he said.

Anderson: Giants can repeat surprise success

With just under a month until the start of the Super League season, the Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has been looking ahead to the new campaign.

Last year the Giants were the surprise package, winning the League Leaders Shield.

Calendar's John Shires has been speaking to Anderson - and last season's Man of Steel Danny Brough - and asked them whether the Giants can do it again.

Brough wants lower finish for Giants

Danny Brough, who led Huddersfield to their first league leaders' triumph for 81 years in 2013, wants the Giants to finish lower down the table in Super League XIX.

Brough missed out on the Rugby League International Federation player of the year award Credit: Press Association

The inspirational goalkicking half-back, whose personal-best season earned him a string of awards culminating in Man of Steel, has labelled the year a failure after his side suffered back-to-back play-off defeats to miss out on a maiden Grand Final.

Huddersfield also went out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage and Brough believes there is huge pressure on the club to finally deliver one of the major trophies in 2014.

Brough feels a lower finish would help the Giants in the long run Credit: Press Association

"I'd like to finish in the play-offs but I probably wouldn't like to win the league leaders' shield because nobody ever wins the Grand Final after that. As long as we finish in the top five, I'd be happy with that."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson has strengthened his squad with the addition of pacy Salford winger Jodie Broughton and experienced London Broncos forwards Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi, and Brough is hoping they can make all the difference this season.

Huddersfield will open the new season with a trip to champions Wigan on February 7, a game brought forward by a week because of the Warriors' involvement in the World Club Challenge, and Brough is delighted with his side's tough start.

Brough has no regrets about playing for Scotland Credit: Press Association

In addition to being named the prestigious Man of Steel and Rugby League Writers' Association player of the year, Brough was nominated for the Golden Boot, which went to Australia's Johnathan Thurston, but he would swap all the individual accolades for a trip to Old Trafford in October.

Despite the form of his career, Brough was famously snubbed by England coach Steve McNamara and, after helping Scotland reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, he has no thoughts of reverting to England.

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