WHEN everyone walked back into training the other day, it wasn’t the walk of a group of players who had just lost five Super League games on the trot.
It was the walk of a group of players who had benefited from a welcome break and were desperate to get cracking again.
The few days we’ve all had away from the club has given us time to think about what exactly is required to bring our current run of poor form to an end.
It’s also freshened everyone up and given all the players an extra spring in their step.
Clearly, talk is cheap, and it’s action not words which will turn our season back around again and get us back into Super League’s top four.
But we do all genuinely believe that every single sign suggests we’re now 100% ready to get out of our current slump, starting with a victory at home to London Broncos on Sunday.
We’re well aware many are labelling this as a ‘must win’ game and that the pressure really is on us to return to winning ways, particularly against a club who are struggling at the foot of the table.
But, as a group, we always go into games feeling a certain amount of pressure.
At the moment, it’s obviously pressure to get back on the winning track, while earlier in the season it was the pressure to win to try and stay at the top of the table.
However, whatever type of pressure it is, it’s important you find the right way to handle it.
When things aren’t going your way, you often find yourself guilty of trying too hard in a bid to put things right. That’s when mistakes are made and you find yourselves going away from the game plan.
This has clearly been the case for us in recent weeks.
Instead, we need to relax, remain positive and continue to have faith in what we’re doing.
That’s what we were doing earlier in the year, and that’s what we need to do again now.
When you see the boys training you really begin to appreciate how talented this group of players really is.
It’s by far the highest-quality squad the Giants have ever had, and it’s about time we showed the whole of Super League that once again!