Before Jake Mamo even set foot in West Yorkshire, he was already injured.
After sustaining a broken ankle whilst holidaying in Bali at the end of the 2016 season, Mamo didn’t make his first appearance for Huddersfield Giants until 12 April 2017.
The athletic full-back hit the ground running at the John Smiths Stadium when he finally made his debut, scoring 12 tries in nine appearances. Yet again however, a foot injury suffered in late June sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Now out of Contract, both player and club are weighing up their options moving forward, with it believed a mutual of parting ways has verbally been agreed upon.
The impact Mamo had had for Huddersfield was huge – in the nine games he played in 2017, Mamo proved vital as the Giants moved into the top eight and then consolidated their place.
Mamo was fit and ready to go for the new 2018 season, but just five games in and injury struck once more. Out for a month-and-a-half, Mamo made his return from the sideline in Huddersfield’s heavy defeat to Warrington in late April. Although he registered just 29 NRL appearances in three years and has played less than 20 Super League games so far.
Unfortunately though, Mamo has had numerous injuries over the years that have limited his playing time. In five years of rugby, the full-back has notched up less than 50 appearances – an average of less than 10 games per season. And, it is worrying that Mamo has spent such a long time on the sidelines at the age of just 23 – which perhaps does not bode well for the future.
But Mamo is an incredibly gifted player and when he has been on the field, he has made a massive difference to the Huddersfield side, the only issue is staying on the field long enough to make a impact for the entire season.
Given all his injures Mamo off-contract is attracting interest from other Super League and NRL clubs the question now is where will he land for the 2019 season?