HUDDERSFIELD Giants are handing a trial to a top rugby union prospect.
Newcastle Falcons utility back Stephen Jones has been pencilled in to start in the centre for the Giants in Monday's Infirmary Cup clash at Halifax (7.00).
The 21-year-old made several Zurich Premiership appearances for the Falcons last season and was also a member of the club's Parker Pen European Shield squad.
But the former England Under 19 international has spent this term in the Falcons' Development side (second team) and is keen to sample life at a higher level.
As a result, he contacted the Giants asking for a trial and the Super League club were willing to give him a try.
"Stephen is desperate to have a go at rugby league," said Giants football manager Stuart Sheard.
"He feels his game could be more suited to rugby league because he likes the ball in his hand as much as possible and enjoys the defensive side of rugby.
"We've been impressed with his level of enthusiasm in the training sessions he's had with us, and he's looked sharp.
"It's now a case of seeing how he does in a game of rugby league itself, and the match against Halifax is the ideal opportunity."
The 5ft 11in Stockton-born player is currently studying at Northumbria University and is one of three students ready to be handed run-outs on Monday.
The others are Scott Housten and Michael Hulme, who are teammates of Giants Player Performance Manager Chris Plume in the England Students set-up.