Changes are working well
IT already seems an eternity since we last stepped onto a Super League field.
In reality, it's 11 days.
But because our last competitive taste was such a bitter one, the time waiting to get back onto the field has dragged and dragged.
We've had a tremendous amount of time to dwell on the sorry events of the Hull KR game when we know our standards fell well short of those now expected of Huddersfield Giants.
As a result, we can't wait for the opportunity to get back on the competitive field and take on Leeds Rhinos.
OK, we know it's going to be tough, particularly as we know they'll be hurting from their defeat at Catalans Dragons last Saturday.
But, as far as we're concerned, this weekend is all about us, and what we do rather than what the Rhinos do.
We know we have to put right the wrongs we saw saw against Hull KR, and that's what we've been striving to achieve on the training field since that Rovers nightmare.
But I don't consider positional changes as the way this can be achieved.
I know there has been much debate among fans about the wisdom of playing Chris Thorman at full-back and Paul Reilly on the wing.
As far as the coaching staff are concerned, we've been pleased with what we've seen.
In the case of Chris, right, he readily admits he is now playing his best football for well over 12 months.
He's a quality individual, with bags of pace and skill, and that's shining through in his new role.
Chris is already starting to feel comfortable adopting the No1 shirt, and so are we, as his individual statistics are showing.
And we're also delighted with the way Paul has adjusted to a new life on the wing.
Playing him out wide has brought a new dimension to his game.
He's always been great with kick-returns, which is something he's still been able to do.
On top of that, we've also been able to see him run out of dummy-half effectively to help ease some of the pressure on the side.
Furthermore, Paul has always been strong defensively and he's definitely helped improve our left-side defence.
In fact, defence is the area that has pleased me most so far this season.
All the stats are telling us that, defensively, we're right up there.
We do, in fact, boast the fourth best defence in Super League.
Unfortunately, it's a different matter on attack.
We know we're not at our most fluent, and hopefully the recent work we've been putting in on this front will bear fruit at Headingley on Sunday.