JON SHARP was today finally confirmed as the new Great Britain assistant coach.
The announcement ends months of speculation linking the Huddersfield chief to the national post, with the Examiner tipping him for the job in May.
Sharp will join head coach Brian Noble and fellow assistant Graham Steadman in helping to lead Great Britain in this autumn's Tri-Nations series with Australia and New Zealand, with those two clashing at the Galpharm on Saturday, November 6.
But first Sharp is anxious to focus fully on Saturday's Super League clash against Hull at the Galpharm Stadium (3.00).
"The priority is obviously on Hull, but I'm absolutely ecstatic about being offered a position like this," admitted Sharp.
"Brian Noble contacted me out of the blue several months ago asking if I'd be interested, and I obviously said I would.
"But it's gone quiet since then, because Brian has been keen on getting all his backroom staff sorted first.
"Fortunately, that day has now come, and I'm delighted.
"I would like to think my appointment is a recognition of all the hard work I have put in this season and a reflection of the improvement of my players as individuals.
"I'm also hoping this news further helps raise the profile of Huddersfield Giants within the game. That would mean a lot."
Sharp is looking to celebrate the news by guiding his side to victory over second-placed Hull this weekend.
The match is the start of a Galpharm double-header between Huddersfield and Hull, with Town entertaining Hull City on Sunday (noon).
To mark the occasion, Town season ticket holders can watch the Giants' clash for £5, when a quid-a-kid promotion is also in operation, while Giants season ticket holders are able to watch the Town match for the same price.
And Sharp is hoping the Giants get the town off to a bright start.
"It's a big game for us and we're determined to produce a big effort," added Sharp.