GIANTS coach Jon Sharp admits his players face as big a battle to hold on to their places as they do to collect the two Super League points at Wakefield tomorrow night (7.30).

Apart from Australian Test ace Michael De Vere, who will make his eagerly-awaited return from knee surgery at home to Salford on Easter Monday, and Paul Smith, victim of a head high shot at Warrington at the weekend, Sharp has everyone available for the trip to the Atlantic Solutions Stadium.

Second-rower Smith is also expected to return for the Salford showdown.

Which means that if all those in action on Good Friday emerge injury-free, Sharp will have a fully fit squad at his disposal for the first time time this season.

And he knows that will create massive competition for places in his squad.

"Everyone is looking fit and healthy," reported Sharp, who has added fit-again skipper Ben Roarty (ribs), Stuart Donlan, Jonathan Grayshon and Sean Penkywicz to the squad that was narrowly beaten 14-8 by the Wolves.

"There's nothing better to bring out the very best in players than knowing they have somebody breathing down their neck waiting to take their place.

"Nobody likes being dropped, whatever the reason, and that's something which the players should bear in mind tomorrow night.

"They already know they will need to be at their best to beat Wakefield.

"If they let their standard slip tomorrow night, everyone knows I have other players available who are capable of doing a good job for me against Salford on Monday."