Frustrated Giants chief Paul Anderson is confident the postponement of yesterday’s opening trial clash at Halifax won’t affect his major pre-season plans.

Calderdale Council ruled on Saturday afternoon that the Infirmary Cup clash at The Shay couldn’t go ahead because of the current wet conditions.

With the Giants planning to field a young squad, the decision means many of the Giants rising stars may go into the new competitive season without a warm-up game under their belt.

There’s still the chance the Halifax game could be re-arranged for the midweek following Huddersfield’s third planned pre-season game at home to Catalans Dragons on Saturday, January 23.

But at this stage, Anderson is keeping an open mind.

“It’s hugely disappointing for this game not to be going ahead,” said Anderson, whose side’s first fixture in 2016 will now be former Giants winger David Hodgson’s testimonial game at Hull KR next Sunday.

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“In terms of planning for the games against Hull KR and Catalans, this cancellation won’t affect those plans too much. There might just be the odd bit of tweaking here and there.

“But I do feel for those young players who were looking forward to getting out there against Halifax to show us all exactly what they can do.

“I’m particularly disappointed for Oli Roberts, who at this moment looks destined never to get a game for us! He’s good enough, but that 12-month wait to make that debut goes on.

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“And I also feel for (ex-Hull KR centre) Macaulay Hallett, who’s on trial with us and desperate to earn a contract. So he knew how important it was to play well in this Halifax fixture.

“The important thing now, though, is not to dwell on this disappointment.

“Everyone has to keep focusing on what’s ahead of us.”