NEW Giants recruit Albert Torrens is counting down the days to his arrival in England.
The powerful Australian winger has today confirmed he will arrive in the country on December 28 and immediately hopes to sign in for pre-season training.
The former St George star will be the final new arrival to check-in at the Giants, with fellow close-season signings Robbie Paul, Martin Aspinwall, Stephen Wild, Steve Snitch, Andy Raleigh and Mat Gardner already gearing up for Super League XI.
And Torrens admits that since his signing was completed two months ago, the time has dragged.
"I can't wait to get here,"said the 29-year-old.
"I've been training hard on a daily basis with several of my Australian NRL colleagues.
"But it's not the same as training with your teammates in the club environment.
"As a result, it's increased my hunger to become a Giant and to say I'm looking forward to meeting my new mates is an understatement.
"I've been in contact with Chris Nero on several occasions over the past month, and he's always telling me that I'll love it here.
"It will be great to finally find out for myself.
"As I've said, I'm keeping myself in good nick, and I hope I'll be able to slot in to pre-season training with the minimum of fuss."
Torrens has already been informed he will not be required for the Infirmary Cup clash against Halifax at The Shay on Monday, January 2 (3.00).
Giants head coach Jon Sharp is now beginning to finalise his squad for the traditional fixture.
It is expected that the majority of the side will be players under the age of 21, but it is also anticipated that several members of the Giants' Super League squad will also play.