SIGNING Sam Barlow is a significant one for the Giants.
Sam, left, is just 18 years old and is one of the brightest young talents in our game.
So for this highly-promising forward to join us is, I believe, a clear indication of our long-term planning and recruitment strategies.
We worked hard to secure Sam's signature in the face of some strong competition from rival Super League clubs and to beat off such competition is a major feather in our cap.
And this battle was so fierce because many clubs recognise the importance of building for the future.
We obviously have one very large eye cast on the events of today and the current campaign, but I also believe it's vital to look ahead and put plans in place that will help the Giants five or six years down the track.
That's why signing Sam is so important.
That's also why we added Leroy Cudjoe, right, to our first-team squad for 2007, and why we hope to make further important junior signings in the near future.
Whether these very talented youngsters make it at Super League level obviously remains to be seen, but they all clearly have the potential.
We moved for Sam because it's pretty clear he has all the necessary ingredients to go on to be a good Super League player.
He's big, tough, strong and highly enthusiastic.
At the moment, he's very raw and I would describe him as a 'project' - a player we need to work on to bring out his full potential.
There's no question he has the basic athletic components you look for in a young back-row or front-row forward. And if we can help him fulfil all his potential, Huddersfield Giants will definitely reap the benefits.