After my article this week regarding potential NRL interest in the England flier, Jermaine McGillvary has now most certainly entered the realms of being one of the best rugby league players in the world after being named on the 2017 Golden Boot shortlist, the options for which were compiled recently by a panel featuring League Express editor Martyn Sadler, journalist Steve Mascord, the Australia coach Mal Meninga and Scotland’s Steve McCormack.
Alongside the Huddersfield Giants winger are Australian legend Cameron Smith, Kiwi-cum-Tongan Jason Taumalolo and Suliasi Vunivalu of Fiji and Melborne Storm which just goes to show how far the top metre maker of this year’s RLWC has come over the last few campaigns. The winner of the award will be named on the 29th of this month so McGillvary won’t have long to wait until he finds out if he has won the prize but, more importantly, it is less than 24 hours to one of the biggest games in his career – the World Cup semi final – and he has definitely played a huge part in getting his team there.
His six tries in four games Down Under this winter have been invaluable to England’s progress and his partnership with Leeds Rhinos Kallum Watkins was put to the test against their Tongan counterparts and NRL stars Michael Jennings and David Fusitua this morning in the semi final where McGillvary’s try set England on their way to the final.
If the Giants’ man delivers again next weekend it may very well determine the winner of the Golden Boot, as well as the winner of the 2017 RLWC.