CUP football has been firmly on the agenda at the Giants this week - and not just the Powergen Challenge variety.
Like the rest of the country, all the boys are getting excited about the forthcoming World Cup, even the Aussies.
It's a bigger deal than usual for them because they've actually qualified for once.
Brad Drew is willing to tell anyone who will listen what a great side they've got.
As for Chris Nero, he's covering every base possible. As well as siding with Drewy in backing the Socceroos, he's claiming Italian ancestry and also supporting England because he lives here!
Personally, I'm a big Newcastle United fan - I get back to St James' Park for matches whenever I can - so I'm looking forward to seeing Michael Owen's goals take us all the way.
Closer to home, of course, it's been a big week as we prepare to face Salford in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.
The boys all know what's on the line, they've trained well and there's been an air of anticipation around the place all week.
The key will be to channel that energy and make sure it is released at 3.00 tomorrow.
Even though the match is not being screened live, we've had the TV cameras at a training session to film some preview material.
They did some one-to-one stuff and had the lads doing some special drills, and that provided an interesting diversion.
From an entirely selfish point of view, I'm desperate for victory because it would give me a chance of playing in the semi-finals.
I'm due another x-ray on the thumb on Monday, and hopefully that will provide the green light to step up my training, with the Super League match at home to Catalans Dragons a week tomorrow a possible target.
Of course I'll have to force my way back into the reckoning, and with me being the only player currently out injured, Jon Sharp faces some tough decisions with regards to tomorrow's team selection, because few of the lads have being doing anything wrong of late.