A WEEK can be a long time in rugby league.
Early in the second half at Hull KR the other week I went over on my ankle and immediately feared the worse. I thought a lengthy spell on the sidelines could be on the cards.
To make matters worse, we went on to lose the game and, in the process, lost top spot in the Super League XVII table.
But a week later we’d won at Leeds for the second successive season to return to the top and I’d been given the all clear to return to action way ahead of schedule.
The specialist and surgeon who took a look at my ankle agreed that as long as I strapped it up to give it extra support I should be ok for the rest of the season. It’ll then be a case of taking it from there.
That was obviously music to my ears, in the short term at least.
As a result, I’m really excited about leading the boys out today against Salford.
Obviously, my return means one of those who performed so well to help us win at Leeds will be missing out against the City Reds.
But during the Easter period, when the strength of your squad is tested to the full, I’m sure those unlucky enough not to play on Good Friday could be in line to have a run-out on Easter Monday at home to Hull FC.
Having said all that, it’s amazing how little we’ve actually spoken about Hull FC, because all the focus is on Salford, who we know are a very good and dangerous side.
Their coaches, Phil Veivers and Sean Long, have got them playing exceptionally well, and if we didn’t give them our full attention they’d hurt us, it’s as simple as that.
And, whatever anyone may say, we also haven’t spoken about the fact Browny will be leaving us next season.
We’ve known all year he’s going, so nothing’s changed. As a group, we’re all delighted Browny’s managed to get something fixed up.
But it’s not something we’ve spoken about at all, and Browny’s leading the way in that regard. If anyone is caught talking about him going to St Helens, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were dropped for the following game!
That’s how much Browny is determined not to allow the future to be a distraction, because there’s so much at stake now. He just won’t allow us to take our eye off the ball at all.
We’ve all put in an incredible amount of hard work during pre-season and are continuing to do so now the season’s got into full flow.
As a group, we’re all 100% determined to make sure absolutely nothing at all knocks us out of our stride.
If we do that, then we know this could be an extra-special year for Huddersfield Giants!