GIANTS coach Nathan Brown is looking forward to having a few hard decisions to make ahead of Friday night’s Sky televised Super League showdown against St Helens at the Stobart Stadium (8.00).
With a week’s break due to the Challenge Cup semi-finals, Brown has been boosted by the return of around half a dozen players, but has to make his selection after his side won their last outing 46-26 at home to Hull KR.
“We have got five or six who are out of rehabilitation, but probably about five more still in there,” said Brown.
“But it is good from the point of view that we will have some experienced men back in the frame, along with the youngsters.
“That will mean that there will be one or two hard decisions to be made, but we will see just who exactly is ready and take a look at it.”
But there is no hiding the strengthening of resources for the Giants coach.
“Those who are going to be back are Kevin Brown, Luke O’Donnell, David Fa’alogo and Michael Lawrence, with possibly another two added in there,” said Brown.
“We will just have to see how things are, but it is pleasing after a tough spell.
“It has been bad and we have been a bit unfortunate with injuries, but we have got the guys back now and they are 100 per cent. And they are back at the perfect time to push on to the end of the season and then the play-offs.”
And the Giants can take a significant step to securing a top four place if they can record their first win at St Helens in the league since November 1978 and leap-frog their rivals who are just one point ahead of them in the table in third place.
“We are in the same place really,” said Brown. “Saints obviously want to ensure that they have a top four place or better, and that is where we are too – so it is going to be one tough game!”