IN-FORM Giant Chris Nero has revealed that internal rivalries could hold the key to victory over Harlequins tomorrow.
The 25-year-old Australian has already played three separate roles for the side in Super League XI.
He was a substitute in the opening three rounds and has started the last two games in the second row.
And during that time he has also moved into the centres in a switch that became a trademark in 2005.
Nero admits he prefers slotting into the pack.
But given the fierce competition for places that has now developed, the former St George star is just happy to be included on a regular basis.
"We've made some great signings that have helped make us a much more solid all-round side," observed Nero.
"And that means we need to work even harder to hold on to our spots.
"Nobody can take their places for granted.
"We obviously all want to perform well tomorrow to get the two League points, but we also know we need to play well as individuals to hold on to our places.
"That's certainly the case for me.
"We signed a top-class centre in Albert Torrens who's already made the position his own, while in the back row there's Stephen Wild, Steve Snitch and Andy Raleigh.
"So, that's immediately four new players vying for my spots.
"It obviously makes it harder for me, but brilliant for the team, which is what it's all about.
"And I think this competition is definitely bringing the best out of us all.
"We go into every game knowing that if we don't perform to our full potential, someone will come straight in and take your place.
"That's the way it should be.
"I suppose there was a time at the Giants when the players were in the comfort zone, knowing their places were virtually guaranteed.
"But that's long gone now, and long may it continue."
Giants chief Jon Sharp is, as usual, keeping his players on their toes by keeping the final line-up under wraps.
But Nero knows that whatever role he plays, he's just happy to feature.
"Whether it's centre, second row or substitute, it's just great to be included."