Upbeat Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson is suffering a major Super League XXI selection headache for the first time in months.

With the arrival of new back-row signing Sebastine Ikahihifo, the return of prop Eorl Crabtree and the re-emergence of fit-again full-back Scott Grix, Huddersfield head to Newcastle for Sunday’s Magic Weekend clash against St Helens (3.15) boasting genuine competition for places.

A decision on whether former St George Dragons forward Ikahihifo will make his claret and gold debut at St James’ Park will be taken after tomorrow’s final run-through.

But with Crabtree back in the fold after the birth of his son last weekend and Anderson revealing Grix is ‘there or thereabouts’ after recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered in the opening-night defeat at Saints in early February, Anderson admits he finally has some very strong options available to him.

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“We’ve got some tough choices ahead of us,” said Anderson, whose players all emerged injury-free from Saturday’s narrow 16-14 defeat at in-form Catalans Dragons.

“A big decision is obviously whether we put Seb straight in there.

“There’s no doubt he’ll bring a lot of extra physical presence to our side and he’s trained well in the two sessions he’s had with us.

“He’ll be named in our 19, but whether he’ll be in the 17 depends on how he looks after tomorrow’s final run-through.

“Then it’s going to be a tough call on who to leave out, especially with Eorl eager to get back out there after the birth of his son.”

Huddersfield Giants training at Leeds Road, Huddersfield - Sebastine Ikahihifo.