HAVING worked together for two years, Ian Millward and Jon Sharp are good friends - but that won't stop the St Helens supremo trying to get one over on his old assistant tonight.
Both clubs are in the grip of poor runs, with Huddersfield losing the last six in succession and Saints winning only once- against the Giants.
Whatever happens at Knowsley Road tonight, Millward will tell Sharp to keep working - and keep smiling, just as he did in a phone call after the Giants' defeat at Widnes on Sunday.
"I rang him on the Sunday night to tell him to keep his head up, and to remember we've got one of the best jobs in the world," said Millward.
"Jon used to work down a coal mine, so I said to him when you get up tomorrow just remember how good the job is. You could be down the mine."
Millward is tipping his side to shake off their recent blues and rediscover their early-season form in a charge to the Grand Final, where they would be aiming for a fifth title success in the Super League era (after 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2002).
"I don't see an opposition at the moment that scares me," said the outspoken Australian, whose side are the Challenge Cup holders.
"The only thing that scares me is that it's taking us longer to get back on track again than I would have hoped.
"I still think we will be at Old Trafford. I think potentially we can win Super League."