KEVIN BROWN is back to full fitness and flying in training.
That's the view of Giants assistant coach Keiron Purtill after checks on the fit-again utility back.
The 22-year-old was forced to pull out of England's Federation Shield campaign at the end of the season because of a troublesome knee injury.
And Purtill, who is in charge of overseeing the Giants' pre-season work for head coach Jon Sharp, believes that move is already reaping rewards.
"The knee was giving Kevin a lot of trouble towards the end of last season," said Purtill.
"As a result, he ended up pulling out of the England squad, which was obviously tough on him.
"But right now I think he knows missing England has been for the best.
"He's been flying in training, and the fitness tests have shown he's in great shape, although that could apply to everyone.
"Stephen Wild, for instance, was also gutted after having to pull out of the Great Britain squad at the end of the season because of a broken thumb.
"But that injury is healing well after surgery and he's now back doing light weights.
"It won't be too long before he'll be able to do everything again."
* Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Peacock is the only Great Britain player named in the 2006 World XIII, which is published by Rugby League World magazine.
The selection of the 29-year-old Great Britain captain for the second successive year comes just a week after he was voted the best forward in the game.
World XIII (Australia unless stated): B Webb (New Zealand); M King, M Gasnier, J Hodges, G Inglis; D Lockyer, S Jones (New Zealand); R Wiki (New Zealand), C Smith, R Asotasi (New Zealand), J Peacock (GB), N Hindmarsh, B Kennedy.