THREE teenage young guns will be hoping to shoot themselves into the Super League spotlight in 2005.
Winger Bolu Fagborun and prop Jason Southwell experienced brief tastes of Super League action late last season, and stand-off Thomas Hemingway caught the eye in the pre-season game at Halifax on January 3.
All three 18-year-olds gained places in coach Jon Sharp's Super League squad for 2005, and the Giants chief believes they have alrerady made positive impressions.
"It was bound to be pretty daunting for these young men at the start, but they have handled it superbly," reported Sharp.
"They've got stuck in from the start and seem to be adapting well to working in the full-time environment.
"It obviously helped that we invited them to join us for some training sessions last season.
"Luckily, all three appear to have their feet firmly on the ground and I hope it stays that way.
"In reality, they are only on the first rung of the ladder, but my first impression is that they are determined to climb it as quickly as they can."
And Hemingway, in particular, has made an eye-catching start to pre-season.
Besides starring against Halifax, he has finished in the top six in all the fitness tests undertaken by new Head of Athletic Performance Geoff Evans and is relishing the work.
"Athletically, Thomas is superb," continued Sharp.
"He's always been an exciting prospect and what he has achieved so far simply adds to that excitement.
"It's just a case of making sure he carries on with the hard work.
"And that obviously applies to Jason and Bolu, too. I think Jason found it a bit hard at first, but he's stuck to it manfully and is now starting to reap the rewards. His attitude has been great.
"With Bolu, he's been carrying a sore ankle, but the fact that he's never complained about it and hasn't wanted to miss a single drill is something that certainly hasn't gone unnoticed.
"I think it's safe to say that with these three, it's so far so good."