BROKEN-LEG victim Jonathan Grayshon will be targeting a pre-season return with the Giants.
The 20-year-old back-rower has not played since suffering a double fracture in the Super League clash at Bradford Bulls on August 3.
He is due to have the pins taken out of his leg in the next few days and is then hoping to receive the all-clear from his surgeon to resume full training.
If that's the case, the former Great Britain BARLA tourist would be on course to play a part in the Giants' pre-season game programme, including the trip to Halifax on Sunday, January 11.
Coach Jon Sharp admits it's way too early to know who will play in that fixture or the follow-up games against Castleford and Leeds.
But he would be delighted if Grayshon was in a position to be selected.
"Jonathan's been able to do a lot of the training with us, but obviously can't do everything," said Sharp.
"It'll be a big boost for everyone when he can resume full training, and we're hoping that will now be sooner rather than later.
"Whether that means he'll be in a position to have a run-out at Halifax I don't know at this stage.
"All I do know is that for Halifax it will be a very important game before they embark on their National League campaign and that they intend fielding their full team."
Sharp admits that the progress being made by Grayshon is providing another big lift for his upbeat squad.
And he also revealed the return to training this week of Ben Roarty has further helped the cause.
"Ben is one of the players who's new to me, but he's already impressed me greatly," added Sharp.
"He's come back to us in pretty good nick and, secretly, I think he's been doing some stuff back in Australia.
"His attitude is great, as it has been with all of the lads, and I know he's someone I'll enjoy working with.
"We're really flying right now and that helps with guys like Ben around.
"There's an excellent feel about the place."