GIANTS hero Stanley Gene has earmarked this week as the start of a new and even more exciting era with the McAlpine club.
The Papua New Guinean star hopes to receive the all-clear on Thursday to resume full-contact training after suffering a badly broken cheekbone in the Super League clash at Castleford in August.
If the news is positive it will provide Gene with a further lift as he looks to make an even bigger impact with the Giants in Super League IX.
The 29-year-old has already shown his commitment to the cause by moving to the town and has now bought a house in Lockwood.
That commitment is even further underlined by the fact that his wife Joanna and six-year-old son Elliott will be staying in Hull because of work and school.
But Gene felt the move was something he had to do if he is to continue playing a leading role with Huddersfield.
"They do understand why I'm having to do this," he said.
"It used to take me one-and-a-half hours to travel over from Hull for training, and that was a real drain.
"I want to be at my best and be at my most effective for the Giants all the time.
"Cutting down on travelling to training and on matchdays is a way of doing that.
"I still intend to visit my family at every possible opportunity, because I really miss them.
"So as well as doing the house hunting, I've been looking for a car that's good on fuel economy. I need one like that because the house is a drain on my resources.
"Unfortunately, the club isn't in a position to help, but it would be great if someone else could. I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed there's a kind soul out there who could take pity on me!"
But Gene is also keeping his fingers crossed that this week's news regarding his broken cheekbone is good.
"It feels OK at the moment, but it's obviously down to the specialist," he added.
"This really is an important week for me.
"Since picking up the injury my career's been on hold and it's not been pleasant.
"I'm desperate to play in the pre-season games if at all possible, especially as pre-season training's going so well.
"I can't wait!"