HUDDERSFIELD Giants are to welcome back Newcastle Falcons rugby union centre Stephen Jones for another trial.
Officials from the Super League club have confirmed they are speaking with several clubs with a view to fixing up an Academy friendly.
And a big reason for an extra pre-season game is to give the likes of Jones and England Student internationals Scott Housten and Richard Hulme a second chance to earn Giants playing contracts.
With Huddersfield also anxious to give a trial to an unnamed South Sea Islander they have been tracking for several months, club officials believe another match is crucial.
"We were all highly impressed with the way the three trialists played at Halifax on Monday night," said Giants football manager Stuart Sheard, who watched Huddersfield lose 22-21 at The Shay.
"Stephen, Scott and Richard all made a positive impression and Jon Sharp is keen to have another look at them.
"Our Player Performance Manager, Chris Plume, knew all about Scott and Richard because he's played with them as part of the England Students set-up.
"We always thought they might show some potential.
"But Stephen was something of an unknown quantity and we didn't know what to expect.
"He's appeared in the Zurich Premiership with Newcastle Falcons and England Under 19s and Scotland Under 21s at rugby union and was sharp in training.
"But the two games are so different, although Stephen made the adjustment superbly.
"He admitted he found it pretty difficult at first, but it was obvious he has great potential."