NEW Giants fitness chief Geoff Evans is feeling happy with life.
The club's Head of Athletic Performance officially started work at pre-season training yesterday and was delighted by his initial impressions.
The 40-year-old Australian has given the thumbs up to the club's training facilities and has now given the thumbs up to the level of fitness among the players.
It's the perfect platform for Evans to build on.
And the experienced conditioner is clearly a man capable of bringing the very best out of the players under his control.
After studying sports science in his native Australia, he was appointed the fitness coach at Leeds Rhinos in 2001 on a one-year contract.
He then moved to St Helens where he worked closely for two seasons with Giants head coach Jon Sharp, who was the No2 to Ian Millward at Knowsley Road at the time.
It proved a rewarding experience for the former player at Australian club Redcliffe Dolphins, who was ready for his next challenge - at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
And it was over the past 12 months at Belle Vue where Evans' reputation reached new heights.
"Working at St Helens was a fantastic experience and was very rewarding," said Evans.
"But after two years I felt I needed a new challenge. I wanted to work at a club who were not at the very top of Super League.
"I wanted to see how much I could help improve a club that had spent much of its Super League life at the bottom half of the ladder. Wakefield Trinity seemed the ideal opening.
"To be honest, the results were incredible.
"Obviously, it wasn't all down to me that Wakefield finished the season in Super League's top six after spending all the previous years fighting to avoid relegation.
"But I like to think I played my part in making it possible.
"So, at the end of the season and with my job done, I set myself a new challenge, and that's why I'm now at Huddersfield Giants.
"I did have several options open to me, but I enjoyed working with Jon Sharp so much at St Helens that I had no hesitation teaming up with him again.
"We worked excellently together, and I'm sure it will continue again. For me, this is a very exciting time.
"I've got a two-year deal and I aim to do everything I possibly can to help the Giants continue to rise up the Super League table.
"The facilities at the club are fantastic and I'm really pleased with the level of fitness of the players for this time of the year.
"At a push, I'd say their levels are about a month ahead of those of the Wakefield players at the same stage.
"I like my players to be fit and fast, not to be the bulky body-builder type, and that's what we're on course to achieve at the Giants.
"I've got extremely high hopes of all of the guys here."