GREAT BRITAIN superstar Paul Sculthorpe has given his full backing to the appointment of Giants boss Jon Sharp as the new Lions assistant coach.
Sharp will team up with head coach Brian Noble and fellow assistant Graham Steadman at the end of the Super League season as Great Britain bid for glory in this autumn's Tri Nations series against New Zealand and Australia.
It is the first time Sharp, who has been handed a Great Britain contract until December next year, has worked at this level.
But Sculthorpe, pictured, believes he has more than enough quality to make a major impact with the Lions and is the right man for the job.
"I obviously worked with Sharpy for two two years when he was assistant coach at St Helens," said Sculthorpe.
"And that makes me believe that appointing him to the post is a great signing.
"I learned a great deal off him in his two years at Saints and there's no question I'm a better player as a result.
"To be honest, we were all disappointed when we heard he was going to leave to take the Huddersfield job.
"But, at the same time, we were still pleased for him that he was taking the next step up. He's deserved it.
"And, personally, I was delighted to see the start he made at Huddersfield.
"They're obviously not playing to their potential right now, but that's hardly Jon's fault.
"Everyone is well aware of the injury situation at Huddersfield, it was bound to take its toll."
But does Sculthorpe believe Sharp will be able to make a major contribution with Great Britain?
"Yes, there's no doubt about it," he added.
"His knowledge of the game is fantastic and I know he has the ability to bring the best out of all the players in the squad.
"I'm delighted and excited to be teaming up with him again.
"As well as being a top coach, he's a great bloke and the sort you would want in the Great Britain camp.
"I'm already excited about this series, particularly knowing someone like Jon will be around with us."