CONFIDENT Brandon Costin believes new coach Jon Sharp is the right man to take the Super League Giants up to the next level.
The 29-year-old Australian enjoyed a golden year under former team chief Tony Smith last season.
Only a serious shoulder injury prevented him from finishing Super League VIII as the competition's top tryscorer.
But the inspirational former Bradford Bulls star has not ruled out doing even better under Sharp this time around.
"I'm confident I can do better and, more importantly, I'm confident the Giants as a side can do better," predicted Costin, who will take on the role of main goalkicker this season.
"We achieved an amazing amount under Tony Smith, and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for where we are now.
"But it's obvious from my time working under Jon he's exactly the right man to come in and take us up to the next level.
"He's got some fresh ideas which will help us improve as individuals and as a team.
"Compared to last season, I think all the players have improved their skills and improved their fitness.
"That should come together to make us a far more effective team, and one that can do even better in Super League.
"Personally, I'm highly excited about the season ahead.
"Bring on Castleford and the opener on February 22!"
Costin and his teammates will first face the Tigers in a pre-season clash at the McAlpine next Friday (8.00) and then travel to Headingley to take on Leeds Rhinos in Francis Cummins' testimonial on Sunday, February 8 (3.00).
And Costin is convinced this week's Giants training camp at the Deverall Army Barracks in Ripon is the ideal preparation.
"We've had a great time, even though we've been worked really hard," he added.
"We were a very close-knit group, but this week has brought us even closer together. The team spirit is absolutely fantastic.
"The work has been of high quality and we're in good shape for the matches ahead.
"I think we're all getting to the stage where we want to put ourselves to the test on a competitive field."