RISING Super League star Thomas Hemingway admits it will be a daunting moment when he leads out the Giants against Halifax in the Infirmary Cup clash at The Shay on Monday (3.00).
Although the former England junior international turned 19 only two weeks ago, he will be one of the most `senior' players in the Huddersfield squad for the traditional festive fixture.
And with Hemingway at scrum half, he knows it will be down to him to take control of the side against what could be an experienced Halifax line-up.
The highly-rated youngster is relishing the opportunity, however, to show coach Jon Sharp he can handle the role.
"The more I think about it, the more I realise it's going to be a pretty daunting experience," said Hemingway.
"It looks like we're going to be playing a fairly experienced Halifax side, and it's down to me, who has only just turned 19, to play a big role on the field.
"But at the same time it's a very exciting prospect.
"I know I'll be nervous until the game kicks-off and then it'll be business as usual.
"After such a tough time in pre-season training I feel ready to play again, and I'm looking forward to it.
"This match will show me how much benefit the hard work on the training field has been.
"Because this is the first match of a five-game pre-season schedule for us I've got an early chance to make a positive impression on Jon Sharp.
"With the signing of Robbie Paul, I know how much more extra competition there will be to get a half-back spot.
"Hopefully, I'll do enough at Halifax to earn a start in some of the other pre-season matches and try and make Jon think again about the line-up."