04th January 2019


Centre targets a return to the postseason for the first time in four years.

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Leroy Cudjoe believes preparation are progressing for the new season, and that the squad have been a credit to themselves in their efforts in pre-season.

“Preparations are going really well. It’s been a tough first 7 weeks as you’d expect, credit to the boys they’ve all ripped in and put together a good solid block of training.

“As a group were happy with where we’re at now after having some time off over Christmas. We know we’ve got to continue and build on the last few weeks.”

The 30-year-old centre believes the squad the Giants have built is a formidable proposition and can build upon a positive end to last season to return to the playoffs for the first time in 4 years.

“As a group we want to be in the playoffs and that’s the aim, we all know we have a group capable of doing something special this year, we want to be playing in them big games come the end of the season.

“We’ve worked hard on the field this pre-season but also off the field in key areas that needed changing so there’s a good vibe amongst the group.”

Cudjoe has had his problems with injury throughout last season but is looking towards regaining a regular place in the team and becoming fully fit again.

“On a personally level I’m just working hard to get fit and be in the best shape I’ve been in a long time, it’s been frustrating 18 months for me but I’m looking forward and focused on getting back to my best which is helping the team win games. 

As an experienced member of the squad, the one-club man has seen the development of plenty of younger squad members in the past, but with a record breaking academy season in 2018 and the development of a number of young players in the first team last term, Cudjoe believes that the future looks incredibly bright for the Claret and Gold.  

“The young lads are developing well there a lot more experienced then they were last year, and you can see that in training straight away.

“Louis and Innes Senior tasted success with England which was an outstanding win for them and come back into training a lot more confident, Matty English as well as other lads are training the house down so the future is certainly bright and its down to the more experienced boys to keep helping these young lads develop.”

Cudjoe hopes to see as many supporters as possible coming down to see the squad for the first time against Bradford Bulls on Sunday 13th January, marking the beginning of Michael Lawrence’s testimonial year. The centre is excited to mark his team-mates contribution to the club.

“He’s a big part of the team and has done so much for the club, we hope he gets a good turnout because he deserves it, he’s a role model within our team and a leader for us the way he goes about his work day to day. Let’s all spread the word and make sure it’s a day to remember for him.”


Heikki Kovalainen




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