GIANTS coach Jon Sharp is already predicting Ben Roarty will be one of the big-hitters in Super League X.
Sharp has revealed the tough Australian forward played for much of last season with a shoulder injury which has since required surgery.
That didn't prevent the 27-year-old former Penrith ace producing some top displays for his side.
And that has convinced Sharp that Roarty will be one of his top performers in 2005.
"I thought Ben was great for us throughout the year, despite the fact he was carrying the injury," said Sharp.
"He's now undergone minor surgery to repair the damage, which means he should be even stronger next season. That's a very exciting prospect and bodes well for the future."
Meanwhile, frustrated Giants officials have been forced to concede home advantage in Saturday's showpiece Junior Academy First Division semi-final clash with Salford City Reds - at the insistence of the RFL.
The Giants were due to be at home - the winners meeting Warrington in the Grand Final on Thursday week- with coach Chris Plume's side finishing second in the regular season and the City Reds third.
But the semi-final clash has been penned in for Saturday, and the Giants can't stage the contest on that day.
Explained football manager Stuart Sheard: "Under the rules of the competition, a match of this importance has to be played at a first-team ground.
"But Town are at home on Saturday, so the Galpharm is unavailable.
"We were left with no other choice but to switch to Salford."
The game will now be at The Willows, with a 2.30 start.