RISING Giants Academy stars Bolu Fagborun and Jason Southwell have been well and truly bitten by the Super League bug!
Called in at the last minute to make up the numbers against Bradford Bulls yesterday, the pair only played 12 minutes between them.
But the experience has certainly whetted their appetites and made them even more determined to pursue their Super League dreams.
Former Dudley Hill junior winger Fagborun had the longest spell on the pitch at Odsal, playing for the final 10 minutes of the 40-12 defeat.
In that time, the 18-year-old took the ball up strongly on several occasions and then tracked back to catch Robbie Paul in full flight.
Unfortunately, Bradford were to score seconds later, but it was a moment Fagborun will never forget.
"As someone who has grown up in Bradford, being able to say I caught the great Robbie Paul in a Super League game and stopped him from scoring is fantastic," he said.
"Even on the day before the game I never dreamed I would be in a position to do that.
"I was training with the team all week, trying to fit it in between my exams, but it was still a massive shock when I realised I might be playing.
"But this taste has made me more determined to strive all the harder for my rugby league goals.
"I'm also keen to go to university, but the idea of playing full-time in Super League appeals right now."
It's a feeling echoed by fellow Academy player, prop Southwell.
He came on for the final two minutes of the showdown and, unfortunately, was unable to test himself against the big Bulls pack.
But he admits being a part of the first-team set-up is superb.
"Playing in Super League for my hometown club Huddersfield has always been my dream," he said.
"Now that's been fulfilled I want to earn a full-time contract."