MASSIVE Giants signing Michael De Vere will be fit and raring to go for the start of Super League X!
The Australian Test centre has been in contact with Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp to confirm that his knee reconstruction operation has been a complete success.
De Vere underwent the major surgery a fortnight ago and visited his specialist earlier this week for a progress report.
And the outcome for the Brisbane star could not have been better.
"As soon as Michael had spoken to his specialist he was straight on the phone to me," reported Sharp.
"It was pretty obvious he was delighted with what he had been told.
"Apparently, the operation couldn't have gone any better, and Michael can't wait to get up and running again.
"He's 100% confident he'll be right for the start of our new season and it's clear he can't wait to get over here."
It's also a similar story with fellow new recuit Brad Drew, who has also signed a two-year contract, from Canberra Raiders.
Drew's chances in the first team have been limited since his decision to leav the NRL, with Raiders coach Matthew Elliott giving preference to those players who will be with him next season.
But that is great news for the Giants!
"Brad's been ticking over in the Raiders' Premiership team and obviously making a big impact," added Sharp.
"But that's also proving a little frustrating for a player of his exceptional quality.
"As a result, it's made him even keener to get over here as quickly as possible and start training with his new teammates.
"The general rule when signing a player from Australia for next season is to let them spend Christmas at home before moving to England.
"That was an option for Drew, but instead he's made it clear he wants to be over here a lot earlier and plans to be at training on November 15!"
The third of Huddersfield's new signings, returning half-back Chris Thorman, may also be coming to England sooner rather than later.
Thorman was in the Parramatta Eels side that was beaten 18-2 at home to Wests Tigers in the NRL last week.
It was a result which effectively ended the Eels' hopes of making this season's play-offs.