STUART DONLAN faces another weekend with his fingers crossed.
The former Lancashire County of Origin star is still waiting to make his engage Super League XI bow for the Giants.
But that could come against Harlequins at the Galpharm on Sunday (3.00) if utility back Martin Aspinwall (knee) or James Evans (calf) fail to recover from knocks.
But Giants chief Sharp knows that whatever the outcome, Donlan will take it on the chin.
"It's been a frustrating time for Stuart, there's no question about it," said Sharp.
"But I can't praise him enough for the professional way in which he has handled it.
"He could so easily have gone away and sulked.
"Instead, Stuart has got his head down and trained really hard, waiting for his time to come. And it will.
"Stuart knows he will have an important role to play for us during this Super League campaign.
"He recognises that those who are playing in his position right now are showing some very solid form.
"But if they pick up an injury or start to show a dip in form, it's great to know I've got someone of the quality of Stuart ready to take over and do a good job."
Donlan was 18th man for the fourth time last weekend after spending all week knowing his services may be required.
But in the end that didn't prove the case when Aspinwall recovered from a stomach bug.