BIG Eorl Crabtree will lead his hometown club into action as the Giants seek a pre-season boost at Halifax on Sunday (3.00).
The 21-year-old was today named Huddersfield captain for this weekend's clash by head coach Jon Sharp, who will finalise his squad tomorrow.
It's a major boost for the 6ft 5in, 19st forward, who will be looking to Sunday's game as the ideal opportunity to stake his Super League claim.
The fact Crabtree has been named skipper for the day is a clear indication that Sharp will not be fielding his most senior players.
He has already confirmed that Crabtree, Paul White, Matthew Whittaker, Philip Joseph and Ben Feehan - all first-team squad men - will line-up, and has not ruled out fielding others at this stage.
But even though this Sunday's side will be largely inexperienced, Crabtree admits that leading out the team will be a proud moment.
"As a Huddersfield lad, it was always my dream to represent the town," said Crabtree.
"And when I made my debut for the Giants, I then began to set my sights on captaining the side at some stage.
"I've now been handed that honour and it's a great feeling.
"I know it will be in a pre-season friendly and I don't expect to be made Giants club captain as a result, but as far as I'm concerned it's still a proud moment.
"I definitely intend to lead from the front, and I hope that gaining the captaincy at Halifax leads to even bigger and better things.
"I'm feeling a lot fitter than last season, because we've been worked really hard in pre-season training.
"I'd like to think it starts paying off as early as this Sunday."
Sharp had considered giving Crabtree the captaincy as soon as the Halifax game was announced as a way of rewarding him for his efforts pre-season.
But he has waited until now to give him the nod.
Explained Sharp: "I've been watching Eorl very closely and believe he's right for the job.
"He's a good communicator and a genuine thinker when it comes to the game.
"Eorl is one of those who instantly destroys the myth that all front-row forwards are stupid.
"He's a very smart kid and handing him the captaincy is thoroughly deserved."