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Giants rely on youth for Castleford trip

Huddersfield are set to bring in a trio of teenagers for Friday's trip to Castleford after losing skipper Danny Brough, full-back Scott Grix and utility forward David Faiumu to injury.

Danny Brough misses the clash through injury Credit: Press Association

Brough, the reigning Super League Man of Steel, is the only player to have started all 20 of the Giants' matches this year but is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up head and ankle injuries in the 36-10 home defeat by Salford last Saturday.

Scotland's World Cup captain left the field on the hour clutching his jaw after being the victim of a late and high tackle from Salford forward Lama Tasi.

Paul Anderson set to turn to youth Credit: Press Association

Coach Paul Anderson is set to switch Luke Robinson back into the halves alongside Kyle Wood and give a first appearance of the season to 18-year-old hooker Kruise Leeming in the continuing absence of first-choice number nine Shaun Lunt with a nagging calf strain.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

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."

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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:

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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.

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