PROUD Giants Player Performance Manager Chris Plume believes the promotion to the Super League squad of three of his former Scholarship pupils is clear proof that the club's development programme is working.
Bolu Fagborun and Jason Southwell are both members of Jon Sharp's first-team squad after having a taste of Super League action last season.
And Thomas Hemingway has also earned a full-time contract and is being tipped for big things.
All three have been awarded professional contracts after they originally arrived on Scholarship deals with Huddersfield.
That's an impressive strike rate compared with many other Super League clubs.
And that's a fact that makes Plume a proud man.
"When Scholarship schemes first got under way, the aim was to provide a smooth and successful path for players up to Super League level," said Plume, pictured.
"In the case of Jason, Bolu and Thomas that objective has been achieved.
"We've made sure they've not been rushed.
"They have taken the natural route from the Junior Academy (Under 18s), up to Senior Academy (Under 21s) and now to Super League.
"All three know that a regular start in Super League is still some distance away. You have to remember all three are teenagers.
"But we feel confident that with the way they are developing it's only a matter of time before they make the breakthrough.
"For that to happen would be fantastic."
Hemingway and Southwell were both in action during last Monday's game at Halifax when the Giants were narrowly beaten 22-21.
Unfortunately, Fagborun was forced to miss the match with an ankle injury.
But Plume was also heartened by the performance of many other players on the night.
"Nine of last year's Under 18s were in action at The Shay and didn't look out of their depth at all," added Plume, who will again work alongside Lee St Hilaire and new arrival Andy Proctor on the Academy front and Carl Atherton with the Scholarship.
"Their performances were further signs that we must be doing something right."