SEAN GLEESON will have his first Giants run-out tonight as he bids to secure a Super League spot.
The 19-year-old utility back trained with his new teammates for the first time on Monday following his six-week loan move from Wigan.
He has his first chance to impress coach Jon Sharp when he plays for a Giants Academy side in a warm-up clash at Leigh tonight (8.00).
Also included in the Hilton Park fixture will be Super League squad men Paul Smith - who has not played since picking up a heavy knock in the pre-season win over Wigan - Tom Hemingway and Leroy Cudjoe.
New signing Sam Barlow from Halifax is another pencilled in.
But it's the debut of Gleeson that is bound to create the most interest.
Having spent the end of last season on loan at Widnes, when he played for the Vikings against Hull KR in the National League I Grand Final, the outside centre was hoping to finally establish himself at Wigan.
But he failed to feature in any of the Warriors' pre-season fixtures and is looking at his spell at the Giants to make a name for himself at Super League level.
"I know how important my time here could be," said Gleeson, who is the cousin of former Giant Martin.
"It was pretty obvious I wasn't going to get much chance at Wigan at this stage, so I'm hoping it's going to be a different story at the Giants.
"Tonight's vital for me. If I'm going to push for a Super League place I'm going to have to play well.
"It'll be hard, particularly as I was up at six this morning to travel over to training with the first team!
"But this is my big chance."
And those chances could be increased if Chris Thorman is ruled out following his bout of concussion suffered against St Helens.
The Giants captain should get the result of his head test later today, with a negative outcome ruling him out of Sunday's trip to Bradford Bulls.