TOP Giants talent Paul White has been handed the first chance to stake a claim for the scrum half spot for Super League IX.
Coach Jon Sharp has today confirmed the 21-year-old will be handed the No7 shirt for Sunday's pre-season trip to Halifax (3.00).
It gives White the perfect opportunity to impress the new McAlpine coach ahead of fellow potential scrum halves Sean Penkywicz, Paul March and Stanley Gene.
And Sharp is looking to White to make the most of his head start.
"I have a very open mind on who will be handed the No7 shirt for the start of Super League," said Sharp.
"I'm not short on options, and Paul is obviously one of them.
"I've always been a big admirer of him and believe he has a big future in the game.
"But he will only realise his full potential if he continues to work as hard as he has done in the past few months.
"He was one of the senior squad who returned early to training and is reaping the rewards under conditioner Jason Davidson.
"He's bulked out a bit by putting on a stone in weight and looks in excellent shape.
"This Sunday will show just how beneficial this has been.
"But I'm confident the results will be positive."
Admission prices for the Halifax clash are £10 adults, £5 OAPs and £2 Juniors, although tickets can be bought in advance from the Giants' McAlpine offices.
Giants chief executive Ralph Rimmer, meanwhile, was today in Salford for a meeting of the 12 Super League clubs.
Among the items on the agenda are a new TV deal and a reduction in the salary cap.
* Only a handful of tickets remain for next Tuesday's Giant Pantomime, `Dick Whittington' at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
The Giants in action in the show with Huddersfield Light Opera are Julian Bailey, Eorl Crabtree, Stanley Gene, Paul Reilly, Mick Slicker and Darren Turner.
Remaining tickets are on sale from the Giants office at the McAlpine Stadium.