BIG prop Jim Gannon is expected to start the new Giants' Super League season in the peak of condition.
The powerful Australian underwent a knee operation last week, which has been hailed a complete success.
It is obviously preventing him from taking part in full-contact training right now.
But head coach Jon Sharp is looking forward to the no-nonsense 26-year-old returning to competitive action stronger than ever.
"Jim needed to get the knee sorted out and this seemed the ideal time," reported Sharp.
"He's happy with the results and so are the medical staff.
"It will be great seeing a fully fit Jim take to the field next season, and I'm looking forward to the way Jim and my other front-rowers take to next year's challenge.
"I'm confident we'll look in pretty good shape up front in Super League IX."
Fixtures for the new season are expected to be released on Monday and Giants fans are reminded that they now have less than a month to qualify for the loyalty bonus offer on season tickets and to reserve seats.
The club are also keen to stress that concessions for tickets apply to fans over 60, and not 65 as in previous years.