Anthony Mullally will be hoping to use the Easter weekend to show the Giants how much he has developed during his loan spell at Bradford Bulls.
The 22-year-old prop has been recalled by Huddersfield to provide valuable cover during the busy Bank Holiday Super League programme.
Coach Paul Anderson’s men visit Salford Red Devils on Good Friday (6.00) before hosting Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Easter Monday.
And with the Giants having one of the smaller squads in the top-flight competition, they have used their option of being able to bring back Mullally from his season-long loan at a moment’s notice – which the Ireland World Cup star is more than comfortable about.
“It’s good to be back amongst the squad and I’m hoping to make an impact straight away on Friday,” said Mullally, who has spent all this week training with the Giants.
“It’s been great at Bradford, I’ve enjoyed it, they are a good set of lads and it’s been good to get some gametime there.
“Before going there on loan, it had been a while since I’d played consecutive games in Super League, so I’ve definitely benefited from it.
“Hopefully I can show that over Easter.
“This time of the year is a real test for players, but through playing regularly your body gets used to taking knocks and you start to recover a little quicker. As a result, I hope I can make a positive contribution.”
Mullally certainly returns to the Giants battle-hardened.
He has played six times for the Bulls this season, having only missed the home clash against his parent club earlier in the season and Bradford’s Challenge Cup fourth-round win over Oldham to avoid the possibility of him being Cup-tied.
Mullally’s return would appear to have come at just the right time, with experienced forwards Brett Ferres and David Faiumu currently out of action.
Ferres is one game into his five-match suspension following his sending-off during his side’s controversial one-point Challenge Cup defeat to St Helens, while Faiumu has returned to New Zealand for family reasons and is not expected to return until the end of the month.
On top of that, the Giants pack has also been struggling to fire on all cylinders and the return of Mullally could be just the spark the forwards require to re-discover their most explosive form.
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