PAUL WHITE is poised to make his first Super League start of the season.
The 21-year-old Giants flier is in the squad for Sunday's trip to Salford City Reds (3.00) and seems certain to play as Huddersfield look to stay in the top six.
That's partly down to the injuries being suffered by coach Jon Sharp's first-team squad.
But it's also down to the form White has shown in the Senior Academy since returning to action following a broken left leg suffered in pre-season against Castleford on January 30.
White has looked sharp in both comeback games he's played, with the fact he has been playing hooker as well as half-back counting in his favour at this time.
With half-backs Brandon Costin (hamstring) and Stanley Gene (groin) and hooker Darren Turner (knee) all sidelined through injury, White is the ideal man to provide the cover.
Sharp has yet to reveal what role White will play, but he has admitted the talented youngster is expected to feature.
"Paul definitely comes into the reckoning," confirmed Sharp.
"I've been very pleased with the way he's handled the Under 21s since he's returned and he looks ready to take the next step.
"And we're all delighted for him.
"Missing the start of the season must have been difficult for him, but he's handled it well and deserves a change in fortunes."
New Australian arrival James Evans is also in the frame to play.
He's now recovered from jet lag and has slotted in well at training.
Like White, he could also fill more than one role.
Although he started the season for Canberra Raiders in the centre, he can also play stand-off and could find himself linking up with Paul March, who will again be expected to take the lead in Costin's absence.