THERE are many who have suggested that the most important signing made by the Giants this season has been Geoff Evans.
The club's new Australian Head of Athletic Performance was widely credited as the man who whipped Wakefield Trinity Wildcats into shape a year ago.
The Wildcats grew stronger the longer the season progressed, eventually booking themselves a top six play-off spot at the expense of the Giants.
But now Evans is at the Galpharm Stadium, and is clearly already doing a magnificent job.
Against Leigh last week, the players under his fitness command looked yards faster than before.
They also looked far stronger and caused their hosts some major physical damage.
That was reflected throughout the contest and was later reinforced when Leigh announced on Thursday they had only 19 fit players on their books, with many others carrying knocks as a result of their tussle with the Giants.
But something else that marks out Evans as a special operator is the manner in which he goes about his business.
While others were jumping up and down after the Leigh match proclaiming the new level of fitness of the players, Evans simply sat back and took it all in.
On being asked about the way he thought his players shaped up, the word he chose to describe his feelings was `encouraged'.
It was crystal clear that Evans felt there was still work to be done to get the players up to the level he wants.
When that is achieved, what a mouth-watering prospect it will be!