Giants sit second bottom and were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Swinton
JERMAINE McGillvary insists not even a win at Leeds will turn Huddersfield’s shocking season around.
It is down to the players, who are letting under-pressure coach Rick Stone down, but he is not exactly sure on what it will take.
The Giants sit second bottom of Super League and were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Championship part-timers Swinton.
Stone is under increasing pressure after replacing Paul Anderson as boss last year and failing to turn things around.
Now McGillvary has told his team-mates that most of the responsibility for their shocking situation, and they are the ones largely responsible for pulling them out of it.
He said: “You can say we don’t have the players, it’s the coach and stuff but it’s down to us.
“Look at Swinton, they are a part time team, they have 15 fit players, train twice a week and they came and turned over a full-time team.
“A win at Leeds could change it but for me we need more consistency. We can’t think one win might change our season. We need to have a run even though it is easier said than done.
“But I can’t remember when we have gone three or four games unbeaten in the last two years. On average in the past, we would only lose four or five games a season
“Swinton was the worst point of my Huddersfield Giants career. No disrespect to Swinton but we shouldn’t be losing that type of game.
“But if you ask me what is going to fix it it, I really don’t know. It’s been going on for a while.
“On the whole, we are letting Rick down. It doesn’t matter what the game plan is, Rick doesn’t drop the ball, he doesn’t miss tackles, he doesn’t give away penalties. It’s us that are putting ourselves under pressure.
“When Nathan Brown and Paul Anderson were here, we were winning all these games and getting close to Grand Finals. I thought it would never end, I thought this was it for the rest of my career.
“I thought we would always be challenging for titles and now I find myself challenging to stay off the bottom of the league and staying out of a game that could get us relegated.
“It’s a big contrast to what I have been used to. It’s not good enough and we need to look each individual and start performing.”
Winger McGillvary may find himself in a scrap at the bottom but impressive performances for England saw him called up for next week’s Test against Samoa.
But the 28-year-old feared his club woes could cost him an international place.
McGillvary added: “It’s not been an easy season on club front, a bit depressing at times, but I am really happy to be called up by England and maybe put the club thing behind me.
“I was a bit worried I might not get picked because the team wasn’t doing well. I first thought that last season when we were one game away from the Million Pound Game.
“I was in the train-on squad but I thought I was there just to fill in the numbers. Thankfully Wayne picked me and made it clear he didn’t pick me on current form but because he knew what I was capable of.
“He had seen it glimpses after I made my debut against the Kiwis in 2015. He put his faith in me and I thought I repaid it somewhat in the Four Nations.
“I don’t think I have let anyone down playing for England and I want that to continue.”
Meanwhile, Huddersfield are in mourning after Jennifer Davy, wife of owner Ken, died suddenly.
The Giants players will wear black armbands in tonight’s game and will have the letters JD on their training tops.
England prop Alex Walmsley reveals he would’ve given up any dreams had St Helens signed him a week earlier
England call up Australian-born duo Chris McQueen and Chris Heighington for Test against Samoa
Salford Red Devils winger Justin Carney at the centre of a race row after being sent off for allegedly abusing Toronto Wolfpack’s Ryan Bailey
WOLFPACK WALKING NOT RUNNING, YET
Salford Red Devils v Toronto Wolfpack: Canadians get their Super League test in the Challenge Cup but coach Paul Rowley insists no-one at the world’s first trans-Atlantic side believes they should be in the top flight
GRACE CAN BE AMAZING
St Helens sensation Regan Grace could be a star for 10 years, even if he is dropped for now
St Helens’ Kyle Amor and Widnes Vikings’ Chris Houston cleared to play after avoiding bans for incidents involving referees
ROAD TO RECOVERY
Wigan Warriors ace Michael McIlorum reveals how Sky pundit Brian Carney helped his injury recovery
NEW SAINT WANTED
St Helens axe boss Keiron Cunningham – but his statue will remain after legendary playing career