TOMMY LEE may be part of a Huddersfield Giants squad that’s been struggling to make a positive Super League impression over the past six weeks.
But that hasn’t lessened his desire to prolong his stay at the Galpharm Stadium.
And the fact the 24-year-old utility ace has been sidelined throughout his club’s dip in form with a knee injury shouldn’t do those chances any harm at all!
Lee was a player in form before he suffered his injury during the Easter monday home triumph over former club Hull when the Giants were riding high at the top of the Super League table.
Since then, however, it’s largely been a take of woe for the injured Lee and stuttering Huddersfield.
But with Lee now back to full fitness, he’s hoping he can play a major part in a Giants’ revival – starting at home to London Broncos tomorrow – and earn a new Galpharm contract in the process.
“First and foremost, I want to play to help us get back to winning ways,” declared Lee, who joined the Giants on a one-year deal from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for the start of 2012.
“It’s obviously not been a good time for us, but we know we’ve got a good squad and we’re going to pull through this.
“Two months ago this same group of players was at the top of Super League, which shows how good a squad we are. It’s just things haven’t been going well for us over the past six weeks or so, but that will change.
“And I’m desperate to be a part of that.
“It was good to return from my injury against Hull KR the other week, although the performance and result was obviously bitterly disappointing.
“But it was important for me to get that first game back under my belt and now it’s a case of building on that.
“Although I didn’t have the greatest of games against Hull KR, I hope I’ve done enough to get the final nod to play against the Broncos tomorrow and can then cement my place for the big games we’ve got coming up, starting with the Cup semi-final in a couple of weeks.
“That’s when I can also start thinking seriously about planning for my future.
“I already know this is the club where I want to stay, and I’ve spoken to Baloo (Paul Anderson, who will be Giants head coach next season) about that.
“My chances of getting that deal will clearly improve if we’re doing well. Here’s hoping!”
The fact Lee made an immediate return to first-team duty underlines how much faith Giants chief Nathan Brown has in him.
And he’s hoping to repay that faith as quickly as possible.
“I suppose I must have been doing something right at the start of the season for Browny to put me straight back in now I’m fit again,” said Lee.
“It’s now up to me to repay that faith, which I hope to start doing this weekend.