Paul Anderson won’t make a choice on which Huddersfield Giants will be taking part in the first pre-season clash at Bradford Bulls until the very last minute.

But he’s made it clear his initial hope is that all 29 members of the Super League squad will be in a position to play a part.

Huddersfield make the trip to the Championship Bulls on Sunday, January 18 before travelling to fellow Championship club Halifax seven days later.

At present, those are the Giants’ only pre-season fixtures ahead of their Super League 2015 opener against Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday, February 8.

A third warm-up fixture may be arranged for younger members of the squad, including those who’ll play at Bradford but don’t make the reduced 19-man squad for the following week’s trip to The Shay.

But right now, all of Anderson’s focus is on the short term.

“Everyone who’s fit and available will get a run-out at Bradford,” said Anderson.

“But, to be honest, that’s for another day.

“It’s always been our philosophy to focus on one day at a time, which is why nothing is for certain about the game at Bradford at this stage.

“The process which we’re going through at the moment is looking to build one good day after one good day – something we’ve always done, whether it’s during the off-season or during the season.

 

“We know if we focus on getting things right on a day-to-day basis it’ll make us stronger in the long term and more prepared for the massive challenges that lie ahead of us.

“As a group, we do believe we’re making positive progress with the pre-season work we’ve been doing, and the key now is to keep on building on that.

“Hopefully, we’ll see those positive results at Bradford.”

The major doubts for the trip to Odsal at this stage are Kyle Wood and Scott Grix, who are still recovering from major surgery.

Although Wood is recovering well from a knee reconstruction and Grix is on course to make the start of the new campaign following shoulder surgery, a final decision on their fitness is expected to be taken at the last minute.

And Anderson knows the nature of the full-contact training sessions which will be held between now and then means players do run the risk of picking up slight knocks.

“That’s the nature of our sport,” added Anderson.

“The risk of injury is always there for rugby league players, it’s just a case of getting on with it.”