RECOVERING Danny Kirmond is confident of returning to Giants action by mid-February next year.
The 23-year-old back-rower suffered a serious injury to his left knee during the narrow 12-10 Super League defeat at St Helens in August.
That ruled him out of the Challenge Cup final at Wembley and the rest of the Giants’ top-flight campaign.
But having now undergone a successful knee reconstruction, Kirmond is confident he will be on the verge of a return when the next Super League season gets under way.
“My surgeon is happy with the way the operation went and says he doesn’t want to see me again until December, which is a very positive sign,” reported the former Featherstone Rovers winger.
“Apparently, my cruciate ligament more or less exploded and there was hardly anything left of it, but it was something they were able to repair without any major trouble and there shouldn’t be any major problems when I get back playing again.
“My rehabilitation is going really well under (assistant conditioner) Greg Brown, who’s doing a fantastic job and doesn’t really get the plaudits he deserves, and I’ve now been able to set myself a target of mid-February to be back playing again.
“It’s now up to me to work as hard as possible to ensure that target’s met.”
But even if Kirmond is available again in February he knows he won’t be able to take a Super League start for granted.
With the signing of established Test second-row forwards Lee Gilmour and David Fa’alogo, the Giants look exceptionally strong at the back of the pack.
As well as Kirmond, Huddersfield already boast Jamahl Lolesi, Andy Raleigh, Stephen Wild and Simon Finnigan (although he will miss the start of the season after undergoing neck surgery), which is something that hasn’t been lost on the recovering Giant.
“Getting back to full fitness is the first big battle I face,” he added.
“The second, which is trying to get back into the side, could be even harder.
“We’ve got some fantastic back-rowers at the club, and that’s going to make competition for places even stronger.
“I just hope that brings the best out of everyone, because that will make us even stronger next year, and that I get the chance to play as big a role as possible in helping us build on what’s just been a great season.”