CONFIDENT Giants coach Jon Sharp is ready to see his battle-scarred squad play with pride and passion at Super League champions Bradford Bulls on Sunday (6.00).
Sharp is once again unable to name a 17 at this stage because of injuries and will be giving fitness tests to seven players tomorrow.
The McAlpine chief has felt more confident the tests will prove positive as the week has progressed.
Waiting to be put through their paces are Stuart Donlan (wrist), Jim Gannon (knee), Jon Grayshon (ankle), Stuart Jones (calf), Darren Fleary (ankle), Iain Morrison (knee) and Hefin O'Hare (foot).
If all seven come through successfully, Sharp will be in a position to field a relatively strong squad. And he has no doubt that whichever 17 wear the Giants shirt, they will wear it with pride.
"It's at times like this that you need everyone to pull together and be prepared to make sacrifices," said Sharp.
"This weekend is a classic case of players having to put their bodies on the line and play through the pain.
"But every single player in my squad has made it clear they will do what they can to help the Giants' cause.
"Their attitude fills me with confidence that we will see a Giants performance full of pride and passion."
Sharp admits the injuries have made it difficult to test out his battle plans to face the Bulls on the training field this week.
To aid the process, Junior Academy players Bolu Fagborun, Thomas Hemingway and Jason Southwell have been drafted in to help make up the numbers, and this training experience could prove invaluable for them further down the track.
"It really has been tough all week," added Sharp.
"It's just a relief Stanley Gene and Ben Roarty were cleared after being placed on report last week. They will both have major roles to play on Sunday."