The New York Giants flew back to the United States on Sunday with a 4-1 record after defeating the Green Bay Packers in London, all except punter Jamie Gillan who remains stuck in Britain.
The 25-year-old is apparently still in London due to passport issues, and the Giants is planning to trial free-agent punters in case Gillan can’t return in time for this Sunday’s matchup with the high-flying Baltimore Ravens.
Gillan was born in Scotland
Nicknamed ‘The Scottish Hammer’, Gillan was born in Arbroath but moved to Maryland when he was 16 due to his father’s job in the Royal Air Force.
There he took up high-school football with great success, and was given a scholarship to play in college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The Giants is Gillan second pro team
The Giants is the second team he’s played for professionally, and he had a good, if limited, involvement against the Packers.
Gillan was called on twice to punt, kicking for an average of 50 yards and helping seal the game for the New Yorkers with a clever safety taken at the end of the game to run down the clock.
However, that was the high-point of his trip and the earliest he can return to America is Thursday, just three days before his team takes on the Ravens.
At 3-2, the Ravens has a worse record than the Giants but is top of the AFC West and has already seen off last season’s losing Super Bowl team the Cincinnati Bengals, plus the powerhouse Buffalo Bills.
It represents the toughest test the Giants has faced so far, making it even more imperative Gillan can return before the game kicks off.