CHIEF executive Ralph Rimmer is to accompany Giants prop Jim Gannon to tonight's disciplinary hearing in Leeds.
The Australian received a red card for a high tackle on Castleford's Nathan Sykes during Friday's 26-18 Super League defeat at The Jungle.
Gannon has been a model of consistency for the Giants this season and has missed just one game with an ankle injury.
But the 26-year-old could be about to pick up a ban after being sent-off for the fifth time in his professional career.
Video footage of his latest dismissal suggests the initial contact could have been on Sykes' shoulder before the head.
Yet that is unlikely to prevent the Australian from having to serve a suspension.
"Prop forwards are usually handed a little leniency because of where they play and the nature of their roles," said Rimmer.
"I'm sure that's something which will be taken into account tonight.
"On Friday he suffered, and I understand why, because his offence came around the time of a potential boiling point in the game.
"All we can do this evening is hope for a fair hearing, and I'm confident that's something we will be given."
Any ban will obviously rule Gannon out of Sunday's Super League home clash against Widnes Vikings at the McAlpine (5.30).
Head coach Tony Smith will have already drawn up plans for fielding a side without Gannon as the Giants look to make it eight matches unbeaten at home.
Included in that unbeaten run is a 30-30 draw against the Vikings last month, with Smith determined to do even better this time around.
"We're obviously going to be lacking several first-choice players, but we'll still be going into the game with confidence.
"Although the odds are now firmly stacked against us, we haven't given up all hope of reaching the play-offs, and that's the attitude we'll take into this weekend's game.
"As usual, we will go into this match looking to give it our best, and that's all I can ask."
Stanley Gene is obviously ruled out with a fractured cheekbone, with Jarrod O'Doherty the major concern this weekend with a hamstring injury.
The Australian is able to train, but it is likely to be the end of the week before his availability can be confirmed.
* Former captain Danny Russell is the guest speaker at the Senior Giants meeting at Fartown Supporters Club tomorrow (2.15).