COACH Jon Sharp expects 100% commitment from Matthew Whittaker tomorrow - even though he will be playing for opponents Widnes.
The 22-year-old second row, currently surplus to Sharp's requirements, will be making his fourth appearance for the Cheshire club in the vital Halton Stadium clash (3.00) after being loaned out late last month.
Play-off chasing Sharp, who had previously loaned Whittaker to Halifax, accepts the player will have a point to prove.
And he will no doubt recall the `Liam Botham experience' suffered by Leeds at London last month, when their own player, while loaned out to the Broncos, scored a try and kicked four goals, one of them a crucial touchline leveller, as the leaders were held 36-36.
"That's always a danger with a loan arrangement," said Sharp.
"But I'm a firm believer that when you loan a player, it's up to the club he joins to use him as they see fit. He should be allowed to fully become that club's player for however long the deal lasts.
"We've got Stuart Jones on a season-long loan from St Helens, and all being well, he will face them four times.
"Matthew is not in my plans at the moment, so he's better off getting first-team action at Widnes than playing in our Under 21s, and I fully expect him to be desperate to get one over on us tomorrow and show me that we're missing something by not having him in our team."
Asked if Whittaker would be able to supply `inside knowledge' on Huddersfield's likely tactics, Sharp responded: "We change things week by week and Matthew hasn't been around the place for six weeks, so no!"
Widnes, desperate for a victory to boost their fight against relegation, are hoping to process paperwork in time for new Australian signing Justin Murphy to make his debut on the wing.
The 26-year-old ex-Brisbane and Canterbury player has moved on loan from New Zealand Warriors for the remainder of the Super League season.