JON SHARP is this week expected to be named as the new Great Britain assistant coach.
His much-anticipated high-profile appointment will come on the back of yesterday's 30-6 Super League victory at London Broncos and confirms Sharp's status as one of the game's top British coaches.
The 37-year-old will form a new and exciting Great Britain coaching set-up with Bradford Bulls supremo Brian Noble, with the pair taking charge of the Lions for this Autumn's Tri Nations Series against world champions Australia and New Zealand.
The Great Britain v New Zealand match takes place at Sharp's McAlpine `home' on Saturday, November 6.
The former Hull star is expected to have a big role in the new all-English Great Britain set-up.
While Noble has an in-depth knowledge of the Bulls players in the Lions squad, Sharp knows the St Helens players inside-out after spending two years as Saints assistant coach.
And with many of the Great Britain squad coming from these two clubs, Noble and Sharp seem to be an ideal pair to lead the Lions' challenge.
But it's clear there is far more to Sharp's imminent appointment than that.
The Giants coach has helped guide his side to seven wins from their opening 10 Super League games and steered Huddersfield to their first Challenge Cup semi-final for 33 years.
Sharp was also named Super League coach of the month for March.