LUKE O’DONNELL is setting his sights on a Giants start against St Helens.
The former Australia Test back-row forward has this week been training with the full Super League XVIII squad for the first time this pre-season.
The 32-year-old underwent a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season and completed the bulk of his rehabilitation work back in his native Australia.
But he returned to England towards the end of last week – too late to be considered for a place in the Huddersfield squad that beat Widnes 36-12 in Sunday’s home trial clash – and is already challenging for a place in the 17-man squad for next Saturday’s Super League XVIII opener at Saints.
That will obviously depend on Giants head coach Paul Anderson.
But the Huddersfield chief has admitted O’Donnell is creating the right impression.
“Luke’s come back and is looking in good shape,” reported Anderson.
“It’s great to see him back training with the rest of the boys and he’s already pushing to get back in action as soon as possible.
“But he’s also aware that’s not going to be easy.
“As well as having to prove his fitness, he’s having to learn the new systems we’ve introduced, and that’s something that doesn’t happen overnight.
“He is, of course, working as hard as he can to put himself in the frame, and that’s all you can ask.”