BIG Jon Grayshon is on the comeback trail!
The 6ft 6in Huddersfield Giants Super League forward was unable to prevent his side suffering a 44-36 defeat to St Helens in their Senior Academy grading clash at Laund Hill.
But there was enough in his performance in his first game back since suffering a broken leg in the top-flight clash at Bradford Bulls last August to suggest a senior return in claret and gold is not that far away.
He had a strong 20 minutes before being replaced by Jason Southwell, then came back on after the break to score a 47th-minute try under the posts.
In fact the longer the second half progressed, the stronger the 20-year-old looked, and that will have pleased watching head coach Jon Sharp.
But Sharp won't have been pleased by the overall display of his second string.
They twice threw away leads in dramatic circumstances.
In the first half, they were 8-0 ahead after eight minutes before falling apart to trail 24-8 by the 28th minute!
And after the break, they clawed their way back to take a 36-30 lead by the 62nd minute before suffering a second and far more decisive collapse.
It just helped sum up what had been a real see-saw battle.
In the opening half Saints led 30-18 after scoring tries through Alan Kilshaw (2), Mike Roby, Carl Forber, Ian Kenny and James Roby, with Forber landing three goals.
But the Giants, who were well prompted by hooker Kris Lythes, always remained in the hunt, with scores coming from Bolu Fagborun, Tom Senior and Marcus George and three Thomas Hemingway goals.
And when Grayshon, Lythes and George crossed for tries, all of which Hemingway converted, to create that 36-30 lead, a Huddersfield victory looked on the cards.
But in a late St Helens rally, recently-signed Samoan rugby union World Cup player Maurie Fa'asavulu, Forber and Gaz Langley charged over for tries to give the visitors victory.