Josh Reynolds out for Hull as Huddersfield Giants owner Ken Davy boosts community ties

Hull will be without new signing Josh Reynolds for between four and six weeks after the hamstring injury he sustained in the 35-4 Super League win over Salford proved to be more serious than first thought.

Hull's new signing Josh Reynolds will be out for at least four weeks with a problem hamstring. Picture: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.

The former Wests Tigers stand-off has made an impressive start to his career with the Black and Whites, with three tries in his first two appearances, but limped out of Sunday’s round-two fixture with the Red Devils.

“We thought it was a low-grade hamstring tear but the scans have shown it’s worse than that so we’re looking at four to six weeks,” said Hull coach Brett Hodgson

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“He’s very disappointed but we’ll make sure he gets the best treatment and he’ll be working hard to get back asap.”

Philosophical Hull FC coach Brett Hodgson. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Hodgson says he was not tempted to switch Jake Connor from his new full-back role and will instead turn to Ben McNamara, the 19-year-old son of Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara, to deputise for Reynolds in Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup third-round tie at Featherstone.

“It gives Ben McNamara a really good chance of showing what he can do,” Hodgson said.

“We’re excited about what he’s done in pre-season and we’re definitely confident Ben can fill that void.”

McNamara made a tryscoring debut at Castleford last October and went on to make three other Super League appearances.

Philanthropic Huddersfield Giants owner, Ken Davy. Picture: James Hardisty/JPIMedia.

Hodgson is confident Reynolds’ half-back partner Marc Sneyd will be fit for the cup tie after limping out of the Salford game with a “dead leg” but forward Ligi Sao is ruled out with an ankle injury.

Huddersfield Giants owner and local businessman Ken Davy has purchased the sporting complex formerly known as the Huddersfield YMCA from the administrators and handed back the running of the site, rent free, to the Lindley Borough Community Club (LBCC).

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust will further develop the site which has been in administration since September, 2019.

Philanthropist Davy’s purchase is a huge relief to the 600 members of LBCC, whose spokesman Steve Graley said: “While rugby and football will remain the cornerstones of the complex, we are committed to building the club so that it appeals to many more people.

“From after-school clubs to live music events, we have the space and ability to be a central hub for the wider community.”

He added: “We are delighted to have secured the long term future of the site thanks to Ken Davy, and the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust.”

The longer-term plan is to make the Salendine Nook site the permanent ‘training home’ of the Huddersfield Giants.

Giants Community Trust trustee Richard Thewlis said: “This is another magnificent gesture by the Davy family for the benefit of everyone in the area.”

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