CHRIS PLUME'S meteoric rise up the rugby league coaching and administrative ladder shows no sign of slowing up.
Having already become the youngest coach at a Super League club, the 22-year-old has now been appointed the youngest Player Performance Manager of a Super League club.
It's a highly responsible role, with Plume charged with the task of looking after the club's Scholarship scheme and junior Academy players on a full-time basis.
But the former Giants prop forward, who has a BSC (Hons) degree in Health and Sports Studies from Huddersfield University under his belt, is relishing the opportunity to take on such a highly responsible job.
"A tremendous amount of emphasis is now placed on the players of the future, and quite rightly so," said Plume.
"It's my task to make sure the Giants produce their own top-quality rugby league players to ensure the club continues growing healthier and healthier.
"Steps have already been taken to lay a very solid foundation, and it's up to me to carry on that process.
"This really is an exciting role to be handed. I'm over the moon."
Plume had to undergo a very tough selection process before he was handed the position.
As well as having to impress the Giants staff, he was interviewed for the post by former Great Britain coach David Waite in his capacity as the RFL's performance director.
It was only if Waite gave him the nod that Plume could be confirmed in the post.
Explained Plume: "Because my new position is partly funded by the RFL, they have a big say on who fills the Player Performance Manager post at the various Super League clubs.
"Fortunately, I must have done enough to impress David, so here I am!
"The fact the selection process is so thorough is another clear indication of the importance the RFL are now attaching to youth.
"With the overseas quota being reduced to a maximum of three per club, there's obviously going to be more emphasis on Super League clubs producing quality players of their own.
"And that's where I come in, and why I believe my role is so important.
"Right now we're in the process of signing up some more players to our Scholarship scheme to hopefully take the membership figure to about 20.
"We could recruit more, but the policy here is to go for quality not quantity.
"By keeping the figure relatively low, it means we can spend more time coaching the youngsters on an individual basis .
"That has to be the right way to go."
Plume is, of course, also the head coach of the Giants' Junior Academy and is pleased with the start his side has made to the season.
"Winning six out of our opening seven matches isn't bad, and I believe we can get much better," he added.