GIANTS captain Chris Thorman believes new half-back partners Luke Robinson and Kevin Brown should be given as long as it takes to prove their effectiveness.
Former Salford scrum half Robinson, left, arrived at the Galpharm at the end of last season on a three-year-deal following the City Reds’ relegation from Super League.
It was a move which led Giants chief Jon Sharp to predict he now had the future Great Britain half-back pair under his command.
That showed exactly how highly Sharp rates the young duo, with the pair both just 23 years of age.
But it also underlined how important they will be to Huddersfield’s future success, with Thorman confident they can handle the added pressure.
“Luke is a fantastic signing for us,” said Thorman.
“He’s obviously one of the best No7s in the game, and I know where Jon is coming from when he says Luke and Kev will play together for Great Britain.
“They are both incredibly gifted players with bags of skill, and I’m very excited about seeing what they can do for us in the next few years.
“But while everyone knows how talented they are, we also know the fans have very high expectations of what they will be able to do for us.
“I believe it’s important, therefore, that we don’t put too much pressure on them internally.
“As the captain of the side and a fellow playmaker, I feel it will be up to me to take some of the pressure off them.
“We know that new successful half-back partnerships can’t be formed overnight, even between two players who used to be teammates in the Academy at Wigan.
“Partnerships like this need time to become 100% effective, and time is something I know they will be given.
“I also know they are players who should be able to thrive under the pressure, but it is up to everyone at the club to make things as easy as possible for them.
“Luke has already settled in exceptionally well, and I’ve no doubt he will become a very firm favourite with the Giants fans.
“If we want to build on last season’s first play-off appearance, it’s players like Luke we need on board.”