Should Leroy Cudjoe be selected for tonight's fixture against Warrington, it will be his 11th consecutive game for the Giants, but more importantly, his 300th career appearance, having represented England 12 times alongside his 288 games for Huddersfield.
It's a special milestone for any player, but likely means a lot more to Leroy than it does to most, given that as recently as 3 months ago, such an honour was far from guaranteed. Up until his long-awaited return in early August - funnily enough against Warrington - Cudjoe had played just four games in the previous two years after a nightmare injury situation, and to be blunt, needed to get some games under his belt to secure a contract past the end of this season.
Thankfully he came back in style, playing 10 back-to-back games for the first time since 2017, picking up 2 tries and 3 assists from centre. With a new contract allegedly on the horizon and his injury woes seemingly behind him, the club legend is finally back to his best, and hopefully has many more memorable moments ahead of him. In the meantime, here's five highlights from his career so far:
1. His Debuts
Just before the 2008 season kicked off, the BBC had a Q&A with someone from each Super League club. When Giants coach Jon Sharp was asked about a potential breakthrough player in his ranks, he said:
Leroy Cudjoe is a youngster who's stood out in pre-season. His ability to absorb information and to play in a variety of positions has really impressed people at the club.
And it didn't take long for him to get his shot. Leroy was brought on as a sub in the first game of the season, a home fixture against Leeds, alongside the likes of Eorl Crabtree, Chris Thorman and his current boss Luke Robinson. While the Giants failed to pick up the two points, he went on to make 17 appearances in his debut season, scoring 4 tries and kicking 8 goals
Of course it's not just the Claret and Gold he's worn in his career. Tomorrow will be 10 years to the day that Leroy first represented England, as he was called up for our Four Nations fixture against home side Australia. And while an Aussie side with the likes of Slater, Cronk and Smith were in outstanding form and earned the win, Leroy picked up a debut conversion off a Luke Robinson try. Three years on, he played them again and picked up his first World Cup try, meaning he's never failed to pick up points against the Aussies!
2. His CAPTAINCY
After 9 years and 248 games for the Giants, in early February 2017 Leroy was named captain of his hometown side. His first game in charge was a visit to Widnes, where he put in an outstanding performance, nabbing a try, two assists, and a 100% tackle success rate - going 36/36. 2017 would be the last year for a while that wasn't defined by his injuries, but he certainly made it count and was one one of our better players in a tough season. In August he was granted a testimonial year, and while he wasn't able to play in the defeat over Dewsbury, he and his family were given a guard of honour as he walked out at the John Smiths
3. "That" Drop Goal
One of the best Giants games I've had the pleasure of attending came to a thrilling end with Leroy's only drop goal to date. It was all to play for when St Helens visited the John Smiths in September 2014. The final game of the regular season, the visitors needed a win to pick up the League Leaders' Shield, while a Giants win would secure a top-4 spot ahead of the play-offs. We went into the game with the likes of Brough, Crabtree and Grix missing, while Luke Robinson left the field early on following a nasty high shot, which saw Alex Walmsley sent off.
Against all odds, Leroy looked set to have gotten us the winner with a 50m try, but after a Saints equaliser, he stepped up again in the final 10 minutes he slotted home his first and only drop goal to get us the win. There's never a bad time to get late drop-goal victory to secure a top 4 spot. But considering this was just a few months on from the cup game against Saints with the infamous disallowed 1-pointer, it was all the sweeter
4. "That" Pass
While he's picked up plenty of tries of his own and is notoriously tough in defence, Leroy's passing game has arguably been his best asset. As his partner in crime Jermaine McGillvary moves up through the top 10 all-time Super League try charts, there can be no doubt a significant portion of his four-pointers will be down to assists from his long-term centre. I've lost count of how many times we've seen a classic Cudjillvary play where an offload out wide sends the winger flying over, but there's one pass that really stands out in the memory from a 2011 Super League fixture, once again against St Helens.
Running at full speed down the edge of play, he drew the defence out before making a huge one-handed pass to his wing partner and fellow hometown hero....Michael Lawrence? That's right, kids, Bruno used to be a winger! Like all good works of art, there's no need to over explain it. Just take it in for yourself.
5. "That" Try
Be honest. The main reason you opened this article was to check that we hadn't missed off "that" try. In fact I'd bet even if this weren't an article about Cudjoe, if someone says you know, "that" try, this is the one you're thinking of.
You probably watched it live, but you've lost count of how many times you've revisited it since. You can practically hear Nathan Brown screaming when you think about it. You can mouth along with "has he got the legs?" in near-perfect timing. And yet you're still going to click play and watch it again.
Nevertheless, I'll humour you. It was 2010, and having narrowly missed out on the top 4, Huddersfield needed to win all their play-offs to get to the final. Having defeated Crusaders in the first round, the Giants would need a victory at the Halliwell Jones to face either Wigan or St Helens in the semi-finals. After dominating the first half 23-0, we seemed to be letting victory slip away in the second (imagine that), with Warrington reducing the defecit to 27-22. Brough kicked a second drop goal to give us a one-score lead, but concerns mounted that wouldn't be enough, as the Wolves ferociously attacked our line with 3 minutes on the clock.
In one crucial play, with four Warrington attackers up against two Giants defenders down our right edge, a cut-out pass from Mathers looked set to sink us. But it didn't.
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