PROUD Giants coach Jon Sharp has praised the way his three young guns have adapted to life as professional Super League players.
Winger Bolu Fagborun, half-back Thomas Hemingway and prop Jason Southwell all checked in for pre-season training with Sharp's senior squad 10 days ago.
It's a massive step up for the three 18-year-olds, who are looking to next season to make a positive impact on the Super League stage.
And Sharp has given the talented trio a timely boost by praising them for their opening efforts.
"It's bound to be pretty daunting for these young men, but they have handled it superbly," reported Sharp.
"They've got stuck in from the start and seem to be adapting well to working in the full-time environment.
"It obviously helped that we invited them to join us for some training sessions last season.
"Luckily, all three appear to have their feet on the ground and I hope it stays that way.
"In reality, they are only on the first rung of the ladder, but my first impression is that they are determined to climb it as quickly as they can."
Hemingway, in particular, has made an eye-catching start to pre-season.
He has finished in the top six in all the fitness tests undertaken by new Head of Athletic Performance Geoff Evans and is relishing the work.
"Athletically, Thomas is superb," continued Sharp.
"He's always been an exciting prospect and what he has achieved so far adds to that excitement.
"It's just a case of making sure he carries on with the hard work.
"And that obviously applies to Jason and Bolu, too. I think Jason may have found it a bit hard at first, but he's stuck to it manfully and is now starting to reap the rewards. His attitude has been great.
"With Bolu, he's been carrying a sore ankle, but the fact he's never complained about it and hasn't wanted to miss a single drill is something that hasn't gone unnoticed.
"I think it's safe to say that with these three, it's so far so good."