NEW Giants head coach Jon Sharp sat behind his McAlpine Stadium desk for the first time today and declared: "The hard work starts here!"
Sharp officially took charge of the Super League club following the Grand Final play-off defeat on Friday night of St Helens, where he was assistant coach to Ian Millward.
And the new man at the helm has wasted little time getting involved with the Giants, starting work at 7am this morning.
That's a sign of the commitment to the cause of Sharp, who is back at the club after serving as Tony Smith's assistant in Super League VI.
But he admits the early starts have to be done.
"This is just the very beginning of what will be an incredibly busy time," said Sharp.
"The Giants have been fantastic working behind the scenes for me while I continued my work at St Helens.
"But, thankfully, I'm now in the position to tie a lot of different things together so that we can all move forward.
"That process has started this morning and hopefully the work will soon be paying off."
One of Sharp's main priorities will be to work on appointing an assistant coach to join him and new Academy supremo Lee St Hilaire.
Sharp is also planning to meet members of his new playing staff over the next few days to outline his plans ahead of the start of pre-season training in November.
Work on finalising at least one new signing will also be undertaken, although several players are believed to have expressed a desire to join the Giants.
* Salford Reds will line up against the Giants next season after clinching an immediate return to the top flight with an impressive 31-14 victory over Leigh in yesterday's National League One Grand Final.
But coach Karl Harrison knows he will need to bolster his squad if they are to survive in Super League IX next year.