RISING Giants star Matthew Whittaker today jetted out to Portugal with the rest of the Super League squad.
The 18-year-old Academy hooker has taken the place of winger Martin Aspinwall.
The Great Britain ace is missing the trip after undergoing groin surgery yesterday.
And it was felt the highly-rated Whittaker would gain great benefit from the trip.
"Matthew has been excellent in the Academy, and this week away could be just what he needs to help him take the step up to Super League," said coach Jon Sharp.
Meanwhile, managing director Richard Thewlis has expressed his shock at reports in Australia that the Giants could be about to sign former St Helens winger Darren Albert.
The 32-year-old walked out on Australian NRL club Cronulla Sharks on Tuesday to move back to England to be with his UK-based girlfriend.
The speculation was he would link up with the Giants when he arrived.
But with Huddersfield not having a quota spot available - Brad Drew is on the overseas list, along with new big signings John Skandalis and Jamahl Lolesi, who are waiting to receive Greek and Samoan passports respectively - or having cash at their disposal, they have made it clear Albert won't be coming.
"The simple fact is we have no quota spot or the necessary finances, so the story is a shock," he said.