GIANTS coach Jon Sharp has praised the fitness of his squad as the new Super League season draws nearer.
Huddersfield kick-off the new campaign with a trip to Leigh Centurions on Saturday week (February 12, 6.05).
Sharp has high hopes all his players will be available for selection, apart from Australian Test centre Michael De Vere, who is still a month away following major knee surgery.
That's despite his Giants being involved in a physical pre-season clash at Bradford Bulls on Sunday. They lost 50-30.
And Sharp puts the clean bill of health down to the physical condition of his players who are continuing to respond positively to the tough fitness regime of Head of Athletic Performance Geoff Evans.
"We came away from Odsal with several bumps and bruises, because it was a pretty physical encounter," said Sharp.
"Everyone saw how strongly we finished the game and in what good shape we looked.
"We've still got 10 days to work on this area of our game, but I'm pleased with the overall condition of the players.
"Geoff is continuing to do an excellent job with the players, and I think the fans were able to recognise that fact."
Australians Brad Drew and James Evans were late withdrawals to face the Bulls.
Drew was suffering from flu, while Evans tweaked a calf muscle in Saturday's final run and there seemed no point risking him.
Chris Nero (dead leg) and Stuart Jones (head knock) suffered injuries during the game, but will be fit for Leigh.