STAR Giant Stanley Gene is ready to resume competitive action with the McAlpine Super League club.
The Papua New Guinean has now received the all-clear to resume full-contact training after suffering a fractured cheekbone at Castleford in August.
It means he will be ready for the start of the new Super League season, which for the Giants, kicks off with the home match against Castleford on Sunday, February 22 (3.00).
"Stanley has been able to do most of the training with us for a couple of weeks and was feeling OK," said coach Jon Sharp.
"But it was waiting for official confirmation that was the key.
"Receiving that is a massive lift, not only for Stanley but for everyone else at the club.
"He's a great character to have around and is obviously a vital member of our squad.
"It means he'll be available to play a full and active part in the rest of our pre-season campaign, including the warm-up games.
"And that's tremendous news for everyone."
Last season's leading Giants tryscorer Brandon Costin will also be available for the start of next season after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction.
And utility forward Jonathan Grayshon should also make the start of the campaign after suffering a broken leg at Bradford on August 3.
"Overall, the squad is looking in pretty good shape," added Sharp.
"The guys who underwent minor surgery at the end of the season are back to full fitness and training flat-out.
"Obviously, I hope to be able to carrying on reporting this type of news for as long as possible!"
Meanwhile, season tickets are being posted out today.
They include a £5 voucher which can be used to purchase the new-look home shirt, which goes on sale tomorrow.