FIRED-UP Giants forward Stuart Jones believes he has a massive point to prove against Wigan in tomorrow's Super League showdown at the McAlpine Stadium (3.00).
The 22-year-old back row was controversially released by the Warriors in 2002 and spent all last year at St Helens.
Yet even though he has now followed coach Jon Sharp to the Giants and is enjoying his time in West Yorkshire, he admits Wigan's decision to let him go remains a painful memory.
And he is looking towards tomorrow as being a vital part of the healing process.
"I went through the Academy system at Wigan and loved being on the club's books. It had always been my dream," reflected Jones.
"So it really was a devastating blow when they told me I had to leave the club.
"There were a number of reasons behind their decision, including the need to reduce the wages bill because of the salary cap system.
"But it was hard to take, and it's still painful thinking about it.
"The only way I can get it out of my system is by proving the club's decision was wrong and to show them what they are missing.
"Tomorrow is my big chance and I'm determined to do what I can to help us get the victory which I know it can be achieved.
"I still live in the Wigan area and from what I can gather, they're a bit worried about playing us. They know they are going to be in for a hard game."
Jones did, of course, join the Giants on a season-long loan from forthcoming Powergen Cup semi-final foes St Helens - and he has no regrets.
"I'm really enjoying my time here in Huddersfield and I'd like to think I've fitted into the team pretty well," he added.
"One of the main reasons I came was because I knew from my time at St Helens what a good coach Jon Sharp is and he's certainly proving that."