TOP Giants duo Brandon Costin and Darren Turner will be given until the last minute to prove their fitness ahead of Sunday's big McAlpine Super League clash against world club champions Bradford Bulls (3.00).
Costin has not featured since the opening-day win over Castleford because of an ankle injury, while Turner has missed the last two matches with a back strain.
Both men are closing in on their returns, and have told coach Jon Sharp they would like to be given every chance to prove their fitness ahead of the Giants' biggest test so far.
And that's something Sharp is prepared to do as he looks to spring a major Super League surprise and maintain his club's unbeaten start to the campaign.
"They are both pretty close," reported Sharp, who has already ruled out prop Jim Gannon (thumb) for at least one more week.
"At this stage, I would say Brandon is about 50-50 and Darren is doubtful, but that could all change in the next day or two.
"Obviously, they are desperate to play in a game as big as this, and I would love to include them.
"That's why I'm prepared to give them until the last possible minute to prove to me they should be included.
"They are both big-game players who I have no doubt would give us even more of a chance of winning.
"But this doesn't mean I'm not pleased with those who have played in their absence. Far from it.
"I have been absolutely delighted with the way all the players have performed in the last few weeks."
The injury to Costin, who starred for the Bulls as they reached the Super League Grand Final 18 months ago, has been a major cause for concern.
The loose-forward has struggled to shrug off the ankle knock, with a period of rest the best course of treatment.
And Sharp admits the process has proved frustrating.
"We don't want to rush him back then lose him for the rest of the year. We need to be patient," added Sharp.
The Giants have announced their prices for next Sunday's Powergen Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with York at the McAlpine Stadium (3.00).
Admission on the day is £14 adults, £9 concessions and £1 children, but tickets can be bought in advanced at the reduced rate of £12 and £7 from the Giants ticket office. They go on sale straight after Sunday's clash.