NO-NONSENSE Giants coach Jon Sharp has warned his players to prepare for a week of incredibly hard work in Portugal!
Sharp's Super League squad jet off to the Algarve tomorrow for a week of warm-weather training.
The Huddersfield head coach has given his players today off.
But he told them before they left the Galpharm last night that they need to rest up to ensure they are in the best possible shape to meet the heavy demands that lie ahead.
"The boys have all been working tremendously hard and we are exactly where I wanted us to be at this stage of our pre-season work," said Sharp, who will be on his seventh pre-season camp as a coach.
"They all know, however, that there's still a lot that needs to be done before we go to Leigh Centurions on February 12 for our opening game in Super League.
"And a lot of that work will be taking place next week.
"Every week is important in pre-season training, but camp is the most important.
"I've got the players for 24 hours a day and, in essence, we'll be doing two week's work in one week while we're over in Portugal.
"That obviously means the boys will be working extra hard, but they're happy to accept that.
"They all still seem to be enjoying the hard work we've given them so far, so I'm not expecting too many complaints while we're in camp!"
A big part of the week will be spent on fine-tuning the Giants' set plays and assessing how effective they are.
And Sharp believes that on the training fields of their Portuguese base, they have the ideal location.
"The quality of the pitches we will be using is superb," he added.
"They are ideal for testing out game-related exercises, which is what we need to do right now."