CONTROVERSIAL Sky Sports summariser Mike Stephenson admits he will have one eye on the strength of the Giants' travelling support when he takes his place in the commentary box for tonight's Super League clash at Salford (6.05).
The former Dewsbury and Great Britain hooker admits that a lack of following for Huddersfield remains one of the biggest mysteries to him in Super League.
While some of the Giants' main rivals to squeeze into the top six are boasting average home crowds of over 10,000 and take thousands of fans to every away game, Huddersfield are struggling embarrassingly to keep up.
That's something that is a cause for concern to Stevo, who is at a loss to explain why this should be.
"I've mentioned the relatively poor support for the Giants on a number of occasions and how it should be much higher," he said.
"But a lot of the time I do feel as if I'm banging my head against a brick wall.
"Yet that won't stop me carrying on saying it until I believe the level of support is acceptable for a side of this ability.
"You have in this town a fantastic rugby league team, packed with quality players.
"The Giants have a good coach, a good squad and play a brand of rugby league which I enjoy watching .
"Gone are the days when Huddersfield were noted as a spoiling team, who would do anything in a bid to scrape a win.
"They now gain their wins through their attacking prowess and solid, well-organised defence.
"If this wasn't the case, I'd be the first to say so.
"But I can't. Huddersfield Giants are a great side, and it's about time the town's public started to wake up and appreciate that fact.
"It both saddens and disappoints me that this is not the case.
"I'll be bitterly disappointed if they don't take a lof of fans to Salford tonight, and I'll be equally disappointed if their home crowds don't show a dramatic increase, especially if they remain in the play-off hunt.
"A win tonight will obviously help in that process, and no doubt the Giants will fancy their chances.
"It has all the makings of an intriguing contest, because both teams will see this as a must-win match.
"As I've said, for the Giants it's a case of getting the points to maintain their play-off bid, while Salford are now fighting for their Super League lives.
"After a bright start, they are now having to look down rather than up, because they're being dragged closer to that relegation door.
"There's a lot at stake in this one."
Stephenson believes the Giants might have the slight edge, with their recent win over Wakefield getting their campaign back on track.
And he believes the key could be the battle of the hookers between Brad Drew and Salford's Malcolm Alker.
"I'm a big fan of Drew," admitted Stephenson, who was himself a Great Britain hooker.
"He's definitely one of the best buys in Super League.
"There are some great hookers in the game right now, and he's right up there with the best of them.
"He's a real pocket battleship, someone who never knows when to give up, and he could make all the difference tonight.
"I can't wait to see him and Alker go head-to-head.
"But I also can't wait to see Chris Thorman in action again.
"I've always rated him as a quality stand-off and there's no doubt after his time in Australia last year it's made him a far better player.
"I know from my five years as a player in Australia that it was the hardest time of my life.
"But Chris handled his time at Parramatta exceptionally well and that experience is now benefiting the Giants.
"With players like Thorman and Drew around, it's no wonder Huddersfield are proving a major force in the game once again.
"After such a rocky start to their life in Super League, they have now been able to build some firm foundations.
"For starters, they have a solid financial base in place, and in the modern game, finance counts for everything.
"They have a very good coaching set-up, good squad and good support team.
"Huddersfield's junior development structure is now well-established and their marketing arm is starting to work effectively.
"It's just a shame that I can't add a huge increase in attendances to their list of many achievements.
"Progress is slowly being made on this front and the staff behind the scenes are doing a good job.
"But for a club of this standing I just don't see why the increase is not a lot more dramatic."