Giants centre Cudjoe sets sights on England

Huddersfield Giants' Leroy Cudjoe.
Huddersfield Giants' Leroy Cudjoe.
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HUDDERSFIELD Giants centre Leroy Cudjoe hopes to fire his side all the way to Old Trafford and, in doing so, remind everyone he is the right man for England.

Paul Anderson’ team host Hull FC tomorrow as the Fartowners look for a win that will keep them on course for a top-four finish.

But Cudjoe, who impressed in the World Cup last year, knows competition is intensifying for the international centre berths.

Castleford Tigers’ Michael Shenton, who has not played for England since 2010, has been in sensational form, earning a recall to Steve McNamara’s international squad and sure to make Super League’s Dream Team.

“Shenton has been in great form all year and deserves to be talked up for the England squad,” admitted Cudjoe, with Leeds Rhinos’ Kallum Watkins expected to be one centre at the Four Nations.

“But I’m confident in my own ability. I’ve had a very stop-start year and struggled to get going so I’m just concentrating on getting back to 100 per cent and picking up my form to have a good go at winning Super League.”

In fairness, Cudjoe – who drops out tomorrow with a minor knock – looked very sharp in the dramatic 24-24 draw at Warrington last week, his first game back after a hip injury.

Letting a 23-6 lead slip, however, blighted their hopes of retaining the League Leaders’ Shield.

“We felt like we had lost,” he admitted, his intercept in the final minute helping Danny Brough kick an equalising drop goal.

“With the lead we had we should have won, but getting a point at Warrington isn’t bad.

“I didn’t believe I could get that ball but just went to put pressure on to try get an error and it ended up in my hands. There was a call that I then made a voluntary tackle right at the end after the restart but I wasn’t worried at all.”

Hull have endured a poor campaign but they did defeat Huddersfield 30-6 in April and produced possibly their best performance of the season when inflicting a 28-0 defeat on derby rivals Hull KR last Friday.

“They have been very inconsistent but we will prepare for an on-form Hull,” added Cudjoe.

“Their strength is their forward pack – they are big, aggressive and get their team forward.

“But we need to be building our own game for the play-offs so we’ll try to play play-off football.

“The game’s massive; everyone wants to get into that top four. We’ve a really good chance to do something in the play-offs, too. I can’t wait.”

Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle return, but full-back Scott Grix is out so Jake Connor could start.