NATHAN BROWN is backing fit-again Tommy Lee to be at the heart of a Huddersfield Giants’ Super League revival.
The 24-year-old utility ace has been sidelined for eight weeks with a knee injury but makes his return in Monday’s top-flight showdown against in-form Hull KR at the Galpharm Stadium (8.00).
Lee was one of Huddersfield’s top performers at the start of the season as his new club stormed to the top of Super League.
And with the former Hull and Crusaders man having moved from Wakefield at the start of 2012 on a one-year contract and having made it clear he’d like to prolong his stay at the Galpharm, Brown is confident Lee will waste little time trying to recapture his pre-injury form.
“Tommy’s contribution earlier in the year was great, and he made a key contribution as we went top,” said Brown.
“So to lose him when we did was bitterly disappointing.
“It was bad news for us and bad news for Tommy, because he’s so keen to earn a new contract.
“To be honest, there’s nothing like a player off contract. As a coach, you always knows these blokes are very hungry players, and Tommy’s no exception.
“Since his injury he’s really looked after himself and made some sacrifices off the field, and hopefully he’ll benefit from that when he gets back out on the field again.
“To have him back now is just what we need to help lift us at a tough time.”
Lee is one of several players returning to action along with Kevin Brown (suspension) and David Faiumu (minor niggles).