BRAD DREW is back!
The highly-popular 34-year-old Australian will finally make his eagerly-awaited Giants return.
But it won’t be in tonight’s home Super League clash against Castleford at the Galpharm.
Instead, he will return at scrum-half in tomorrow’s reserve team clash against Castleford at Huddersfield YMCA (2.00).
It will be Drew’s first run-out since surgery on his damaged left knee following his move back to the Giants from Wakefield at the end of last season.
There had been talk of including Drew in tonight’s top-flight fixture as fourth-placed Huddersfield bid to bounce back from Monday’s shock 30-18 defeat at Salford.
But if Drew emerges unscathed from tomorrow’s game, he could feature in next Sunday’s home Challenge Cup tie against Hull KR in what would be his first senior Huddersfield game since the play-off defeat at Hull FC 929 days ago.
“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for!” said Drew.
“There was a chance I could have come back tonight, but I felt I needed a run-out in the reserves first just to get a feel for it again.
“I didn’t want to play first grade and find the knee wasn’t quite ready. Hopefully, I’ll have no problems and I can be back in the first team as quickly as possible.
“But I know I’ll be pretty nervous when I first get back out on the field.
“It’ll be my first game since last September, so it’s going to be a big test on my knee.
“But I’m also excited and very relieved to be playing again.”