HI, it’s Eorl here.
Hope all is well, and that everyone’s looking forward to seeing us get back to winning ways against London Broncos tomorrow!
We’re all 100% confident that will happen, and it’ll be two Super League points to what has now become the most boring squad in the competition.
I say that after returning to training on Thursday.
Because I’ve been away with the England boys, I was allowed a couple of days off at the beginning of the week.
As a result, I was really looking forward to meeting up with my teammates once again after not having seen them for a week or so. I was missing all the banter.
But I was left feeling a little disappointed – although for the right reasons.
I could immediately sense there was a big change in attitude of the players.
Yes, there were still the odd light-hearted comments knocking around, but the main feeling among the squad was one of steely determination to make sure we do finally start to put the past six weeks firmly behind us and start winning again.
It was a case of heads down and focusing 100% on the job at hand and looking to re-capture the form that had taken us to the top of the Super League table a couple of months ago. The general mood had changed dramatically.
I suppose it was inevitable this was would be the case, and if it means being boring is a way of ensuring we get back on the winning track it’s a price well worth paying.
And when the wins start coming again, that’s obviously the time for the banter to be re-born and for the smiles to return to all our faces.
We’re all expecting those smiles to return tomorrow after the Broncos.
I just hope my head will be in one piece for that to happen.
I don’t know why it is, but for some reason London Broncos players have never liked me very much and have been keen to point that out, particular at their place.
A couple of years ago I suffered a fractured elbow, last season David Howell and myself clashed heads and suffered a bout of concussion, and this season Antonio Kaufusi decided he wanted to get in on the act by repeating the Howell incident.
It obviously remains to be seen whether the Broncos will be just as ‘friendly’ towards me this weekend.
But if they try and be physical and we end up winning the game, I’ll settle for that.
To be honest, with the way the mood has been in the Giants camp this week, I know every single member of the squad would be happy to experience some pain if we’re able to savour that winning feeling once again.