NEW Giants signing George Gatis could be in the frame to take on goalkicking duties.
Huddersfield captain Chris Thorman will once again be the first-choice kicker for Super League XIII, with Kevin Brown and David Hodgson expected to provide the back-up.
But the club’s new hooker, right, who will arrive at the end of the month from the New Zealand Warriors, could prove to be the Giants’ secret weapon with the boot.
Although Huddersfield didn’t sign him with a view to firing goals – “we’ve got one of the best hookers in the Australian game” is coach Jon Sharp’s opinion – Gatis demonstrated his all-round skills during a trip to Greece.
And that could prove vital in what is expected to be another competitive top-flight campaign.
Football manager Stuart Sheard explained: “George has told us he’s now picked up a Greek passport, which was a main reason for travelling there.
“But while he was in Greece sorting the paperwork and meeting members of his family, he also agreed to play for his country against the touring Scotland Students.
“Even though he wasn’t match fit he scored five tries and kicked nine goals.
“Obviously, kicking goals in Super League is a different kettle of fish, and it’s possible his kicks at goal weren’t the most difficult in the world.
“But it is good to know we’ve got someone else in the squad who possesses goalkicking skills.
“Having cover for all areas is always important.”