SHAUN LUNT is ready to give the Giants as much support as possible as begins his recovery from major groin surgery.

The 24-year-old England hooker underwent an operation to repair the damage on Tuesday and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

But that won’t prevent him from joining the Giants for tomorrow’s trip to Bradford Bulls (3.00) as Huddersfield bid to re-claim third place in the Super League table.

Although Lunt is obviously bitterly disappointed to miss the final months of the season, he knows the Giants are perfectly placed to savour a successful end to the year, and he intends to be there every step of the way.

“It goes without saying I’d love to be out there with the boys,” said Lunt.

“But the next best things will be to give them as much as support as I possibly can from the sidelines.

“Even though I had the surgery just a few days ago, I’ll be there with the team at Bradford tomorrow, and no-one will be wearing a bigger smile than me if we win.

“Although we lost at Warrington last week and at Wigan the fortnight before, there’s no need for us to panic.

“We’ve still got the squad to finish the season strongly, and I’m looking forward to giving them my full support. I know their performances can make up for my injury disappointment.”

But Lunt has admitted he ad no choice to have the surgery now.

“It was getting to the stage where I couldn’t sleep and the painkillers weren’t working,” he added.

“It’s a problem that’s been getting progressively worse over the past few years, so I knew I was going to have to get it fixed at some point.

“But that means that for the first time in a while I’ll be able to do a full pre-season and start a season feeling fully fit. I can’t wait for that!”