GIANTS head coach Jon Sharp has praised the way all of his staff have worked during his time in Australia with Great Britain.
The Galpharm chief has spent the past few weeks watching the way his Super League squad has been shaping up under assistants Keiron Purtill, Ben Cooper and Paul Anderson.
And he believes coaches and players alike have been working perfectly in his absence.
"As soon as I got off the plane from Australia, I went to see how everyone was doing," he said.
"I was absolutely delighted with what I saw.
"It could have been so easy for everyone to have sat back and just gone through the motions while the boss was away.
"But not this lot.
"Over the past week I've been taking a very close look at the shape the players are in and how they've been knuckling down to the training, and I couldn't be happier.
"It's pretty obvious Keiron, Ben and Paul have been doing a magnificent job. They've really grasped the nettle.
"And it's also pretty obvious the players have been taking on board exactly what they've been telling them.
"They're exactly where we would have liked them to be at this stage of the year, so it's definitely a case of so far, so good.
"But clearly no-one will be getting too carried away, there's still a lot of hard work ahead for all of us."
Although Purtill and Cooper are now firmly established at the Giants, Anderson is still finding his feet.
The former Great Britain prop is now in his third week as a coach after finishing his playing career on a high with a Super League Grand Final triumph with St Helens.
But Sharp is delighted with what he is already contributing to the cause.
"You can tell straight away that all the players have enormous respect for him," added the Great Britain assistant coach.
"He has achieved so much in the game and has always played it in the right manner. He never fails to carry himself well.
"And I'm sure that will continue in his role as a coach.
"We'll obviously spend time with him helping him to learn the ropes.
"But there's no doubt he already knows a fair amount of what it takes to be a top prop forward!
"Paul's main remit is obviously to coach the front-rowers, and it's clear they're responding to what he's having to say.
"That's great news, because we believe we have a set of props here who have a great deal to offer.
"Paul can only help make them even stronger."