14 Jun 2019

LINE-UP NOTES: GIANTS VS SAINTS

What you need to know about our 17-man squad for tonight's game

Youth is the answer this week as the loss of Jermaine McGillvary sees the long-awaited debut of Giants and Yorkshire Academy star, Dom Young. The outside back was called into the squad late on to fill in on the wing for the Claret and Gold, and has received plenty of acclaim during the Academy Origin series in 2019. A tall, strong outside back, has incredible skill and plays with skill far beyond his years.  

Darnell McIntosh holds his place at full-back after securing an assist in the 27-26 Golden Point loss to Castleford last time out, completing a youthful looking back-line of Innes Senior, Jake Wardle, Jordan Turner and Dom Young, with four out of five heralding from the Giants Academy and the same number under the age of 23. Senior, Wardle and Young have prior experience playing together in last years record-breaking Academy side that reached the Semi Finals of the Academy Championship. 

Lee Gaskell returns to his hometown club on the back of an excellent performance last time out, scoring a hat-trick of tries and receiving three Man Of Steel points this week. In the pack, Sam Hewitt returns to the squad after a run out of the team, replacing Joe Wardle who is injured. Matt Frawley returns to the side on the bench for the Giants also, having missed the last few games. It is also Aaron Murphy's career 250th appearance tonight, having been named in the second row. 

Jermaine McGillvary will miss 3-4 weeks, according to Simon Woolford in his pre-match press conference, Dale Ferguson and Tom Holmes remain at Featherstone Rovers on loan, Leroy Cudjoe is match fit, but Woolford has indicated that his sharpness and confidence need to rise before he is returned to the starting line-up. Akuila Uate, Oliver Roberts and Adam Walne remain in rehab for longer term injuries.

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