THE last few months have been a tough period for everyone at the Giants.
That's why Saturday's victory over Hull at the Galpharm and the collection of the two Super League points came as such a welcome tonic.
But even though we've come in for some heavy criticism, some of which I feel has been unjustified, I have been able to take some positives from this most demanding of spells.
And I firmly believe the greatest positive to come out of this period of adversity has been the way it has made the players and staff become even stronger and tighter as a unit.
Throughout this lean time we've always been working hard for each other and been encouraging one another during training and on gameday itself.
The results have obviously been very disappointing, but it has become clear that our commitment to each other has been unwavering.
As well as coming out of this as a strong unit, I genuinely believe it has made me stronger and a better person for it. It has been vital in my education as a head coach.
At the same time I can't praise the coaching staff highly enough for the way they have kept up their spirits.
Therefore, the collection of the two points at the weekend is a recognition of their hard work, endeavour, commitment and support over recent times.
Yet I also need to make it clear that winning last Saturday's game doesn't mean we've been sitting back and enjoying our day in the sun. That's not what this club is about.
We're going to be busting a gut and making every effort to finish off the season in style.
Whether that's by collecting two League points at Wakefield tomorrow, who knows, but we can never doubt our commitment to each other. That is a fact.
I'd also like to thank at this stage all those people who have taken the trouble to write to me and offered their support to myself and my team.
It really has been much appreciated and greatly received by everyone at the club.
Knowing there are so many out there who are lending us their support does act as a massive source of motivation.
And that very same support could make all the difference at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow night.
When we travelled to the ground earlier in the season it gave everyone a massive buzz to see the terrace opposite covered in claret and gold.
It's something that all the boys admitted gave them a massive lift and clearly played a part in helping us secure a vital win.
Wouldn't it be great if something similar happened tomorrow!
I THINK we've all felt sorry for Iain Morrison this season.
In pre-season training, it was obvious he was putting his heart and soul into everything in an effort to make a positive impression on his new head coach.
I have to admit it did the trick.
But unfortunately he has ended up having what can only be described as an injury-blighted year.
It has been so frustrating for him and I think every one of us at the club has felt for him.
But even though it's been so tough, Iain has always been a shining light in training due to his positive attitude, which has proved infectious to all those around him.
I feel I still have not had a proper look at him on the Super League stage and, therefore, he has not had the opportunity to show me exactly what he can do.
That's why we have agreed to hand him a one-year extension.
So it's now up to him to prove to me we made the right decision to keep him.
There's no doubt he's an aggressive, quick and very powerful back-row forward.
He's also mentally tough and, as I've already stated, is very enthusiastic.
I'm sure if Iain continues to work hard in training and stays injury-free he can make a very positive Super League impact.