Former St Helens favourite, Lee Gilmour hopes to scupper the retirement plans of his old team mate Kieron Cunningham when Huddersfield go to Knowsley Road for Friday’s Engage Super League semi-final.
The St Helens hooker, Cunningham hangs up his boots at the end of the season and is looking to bow out in style by leading his side to victory in a fifth successive final at Old Trafford.
Gilmour who enjoyed six successful seasons with Saints won’t let sentiment get in the way of his attempt to help Giants reach their first Grand Final.
“Keiron’s a mate but obviously, if I have my way, it’s going to be a sad day for him,” he said.
“He’s been a great player and he’s a great bloke. It’s a shame. I’d like to be able to cheer for him but I can’t.”
888 Sport are offering odds of 13/8 for St Helens to lift the trophy at Old Trafford while Paddy Power bet 10/1 for the Giants to pull off an historic first Grand Final with a win.
Giants coach, Nathan Brown brings Andy Raleigh and Scott Grix into the 19-man squad that beat Warrington last Saturday, but the team is expected to remain unchanged with everyone fit.
St Helens have included England scrum-half Kyle Eastmond and utility Jonny Lomax who missed the qualifying play-off at Warrington two weeks ago with injury.
Scott Moore will miss out again but scrum half Matty Smith keeps his place in the squad after a brilliant display against Warrington.
St Helens are strong favourites for the match, with 888 Sport offering the best odds of 4/11, Sporting Bet offer 14/5 for Huddersfield to win this semi-final.
ST HELENS: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Soliola, Meli, Eastmond, Cunningham, Graham, Puletua, Wilkin, Flannery, Roby, Hargreaves, Clough, Dixon, Lomax, Emmitt, Foster, Smith.
HUDDERSFILED: B. Hodgson, Cudjoe, D. Hodgson, Brown, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Mason, Gilmour, Fa’alogo, Wild, Raleigh, D. Griffin, Kirmond, Lawrence, Faiumu, Grix, Patrick, Brough.