RETURNING Giants star Chris Thorman was in town for the first time in almost two years yesterday and admitted: "It's great to be back!"
After spending 2003 with the London Broncos and this year with top Australian NRL club Parramatta, the 24-year-old is ready to resume his playing career at the club he calls `home'.
Thorman admitted he never wanted to leave the Giants after helping guide the club back into Super League in 2002.
But now he is back in West Yorkshire and determined to lead Huddersfield to their most successful Super League season.
And he admits he has been making sacrifices to ensure his return to training is an extra special event.
"Since returning to England at the beginning of November I've made sure I've had a total break from rugby league," revealed Thorman.
"In fact, I've not even watched the Great Britain Tri-Nations games, even though I know I came very close to making the squad.
"All I've been doing is spending my time in the gym doing weights with my brothers.
"As a result, I'm starting to really miss the game and know that when I resume training with the Giants it'll be fantastic.
"I know I'll be feeling great and raring to go.
"I've kept in touch with Jon Sharp and just collected a weights programme off our conditioner, Jason Davidson, to tide me over until the start of pre-season training at the start of December.
"Now I've made a return to the town, I'm starting to get excited."
Thorman helped the launch of the new partnership with the University of Huddersfield and also paid a visit to the club he left two years ago.
And he admits that very little has changed.
"Apart from a change of name to the stadium from the McAlpine to the Galpharm everything seems exactly how it was in 2002," he added.
"That's pleasing to see and reinforced my belief that coming back here was a good idea."