RUGBY Union convert Stephen Jones could be closing in on a Giants Super League debut.
The highly-rated 22-year-old former Newcastle Falcons and England Under 19s international has been named in coach Jon Sharp's initial 20-man squad for Saturday's trip to Hull (6.05).
It's the first time the centre has been in the frame for a place in the senior side.
The absence of several first-choice players is the main reason Jones is included, with Michael De Vere (hand), Stanley Gene (knee), Ben Roarty (neck) and Paul Reilly (suspended) all ruled out.
But Sharp has made it clear that Jones' selection is also recognition of the hard work he has been putting in at training.
"Stephen is still new to rugby league and is learning all the time," said Sharp, who is also unable to call on the services of teenage winger Bolu Fagborun because of a leg injury.
"But the way he has knuckled down from day one and is always willing to listen and learn has made a positive impression.
"You can see with his recent performances in the Academy how well he is developing.
"He's adapting well to the game and his fitness is also improving all the time.
"His inclusion in this weekend's squad is down to all these facts."
Reilly's three-match ban means either Stuart Donlan or Marcus St Hilaire - the wingers in the 32-22 triumph over Leigh on Sunday - will start at full-back.
* Would fans note that the Senior Academy clash against Keighley originally scheduled for tonight is now on Thursday, August 3.