BUSY Giants coach Jon Sharp could move a step closer to appointing his new club captain this weekend.
The Great Britain assistant coach will watch Chris Thorman and Robbie Paul go head to head on Sunday when England take on New Zealand at Warrington (2.15).
Stand-off Thorman will again be England captain after leading his country to victory over France 10 days ago, while new Giants half-back partner Paul will be expected to play a major role for the Kiwis.
Both men are in the frame to be named Huddersfield captain for next year's Super League XI campaign.
Thorman finished last season as Giants skipper in the absence of the injured Ben Roarty, while Paul has led Bradford Bulls to success in the Super League Grand Final and World Club Challenge.
And who shapes up the best this weekend could emerge the clear leader in the captaincy race.
"It will be extremely interesting to see how these two go on Sunday," said Sharp.
"We're still a long way down the track to deciding who will be captain, but Chris and Robbie are obviously in the frame.
"Chris did a fantastic job when he took over the captaincy last season and Robbie has been superb in that role at Bradford."