GIANTS back rower Iain Morrison's meteoric rise up the rugby league ladder has continued with his selection by Scotland for the European Nations tournament which begins next month.
While McAlpine teammates Hefin O'Hare and Mick Slicker are established internationals with Wales and Ireland respectively, this is the first time Morrison has been picked.
The call-up crowns an amazing year for the 20-year-old and excedes all expectations.
"I'm now almost having to pinch myself on a daily basis making sure it's not a dream," said the ex-London Broncos player, whose father is from Glasgow.
"In the space of nine months I've gone from nothing to earning a full-time Giants contract and a place in the full Scotland squad.
"I'm confident of starting for Scotland in the European Cup group games against Ireland and France, and when I do it'll be the highlight of my career so far."
Morrison, who has also had a stint with leading rugby union club Gloucester, has already represented BARLA Great Britain, as well as playing union for Scotland at Under 19 level.
He was also named in the Scotland Under 21 union squad at the start of this year, but rejected the offer to train with the Giants, a decision he has never regretted.
"It was tempting to try my hand with the Under 21s, but I was already committed," he said.
"I'd made up my mind that league was for me and I thought it was a great opportunity with the Giants.
"Now I've made it to the full Scotland squad it reinforces my belief in the decision."
The Scotland squad also includes former Giants Danny Arnold, Joe Berry, Jamie Bloem, James Bunyan and Oliver Wilkes.
Bloem, freshly released by the Giants, has previously played for South Africa, but has a Scottish mother.
While Billy McGinty is the coach, Giants marketing and media manager Richard Thewlis is team manager.