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Paul Anderson will lead a young side to Mount Pleasant on Sunday to face Co-Operative Championship side Batley Bulldogs for the Giants first game of 2011 (2pm kick off).
The respected Assistant coach will be joined by Jamahl Lolesi in the dug out as the Giants travel to face Kirklees neighbours Batley in the clubs opening friendly game. The vast majority of the squad are full time professional players and have been working with the first team squad throughout November, December and early January with Anderson predicting big things to giantsrl.com;
"The lads are chomping at the bit for this game to show us all what they can do, for some it will be their first outing for the club and they will want to impress while for others it's the first chance to push themselves up the pecking order for a first team start in February.
"Our preparations have been very good, physically they have been challenged and in terms of skill they've also responded very well, they all are now ready for the challenge that Batley will pose. Training can only show so much about the players and I think all the staff have commented on how pleased we have been with the lads to date, so the game will be a good marker for us all to show where everyone is at this relatively early stage in the year."
Lolesi continues to involve himself in all areas of the club as he awaits news on his injured back and is particularly looking forward to the game;
"The chance to help out Paul with the game is great for me. It will be new for me but I have been helping with a lot of the outside backs in the off season and like all the fans am keen to see how everyone goes. This set of youngsters is easily the best in my time at the club and I think that a lot of them have very bright futures in the game."
Supporters can pay on the turnstiles for this game. Prices are:
Under 16's: Free of Charge
Squad (from); Danny Ansell, Aaron Briggs, Jamie Cording, Matty Dawson, Iain Davies, Jacob Fairbank, Josh Griffin, Kris Harrop, Elliot Hodgson, Greg Johnson, Darren Lamb, Ben Manning, Gregg McNally, Jon Molloy, Dave Orwell, Ross Peltier, Josh Sandland, Matt Sarsfield, Jay Senior, Louis Stead, Adam Walker, Joe Wardle, Perry Whiteley, Kyle Wood.