Hi, Andy here.
Well, I’m just about thawed out after watching all four games at Murrayfield in Edinburgh last Sunday.
It was a superb event with some cracking matches, and although it was a big disappointment not to be playing, it was nice to see the Magic Weekend from a supporters’ perspective.
I enjoyed being able to mix with the fans from all the teams and I really appreciated all the encouragement from the host of Giants followers who asked me how my recovery was going.
In fact, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has wished me well during my time out.
Thankfully, my recovery is going well, I have been running with no problems and with any luck I will be in full training next week.
I’m looking forward to training with the team again, as it will also be nice not to be up with the milkman every day!
Hopefully then I will be able to get rid of my newly-acquired nickname ‘Holiday Raleigh’.
I’ve got this moniker because all my rehab training is done out of sight of the other players early in the morning, so by the time I see everyone my day is finished and it looks like I’m on a mid-season holiday.
I can assure you nothing is further from the truth.
Last weekend’s win against Celtic was much needed after the previous two defeats, and this weekend will hopefully see us continue in winning ways in the Challenge Cup against Rochdale.
For most, if not all the Rochdale players, playing at the Galpharm will be the biggest stage they have been on and that, coupled with the triple win bonus they have been promised for this game, should ensure they come tomorrow and do their best.
I remember playing for Sheffield Eagles at Hull FC in the Challenge Cup a few years ago, and although we were heavily beaten, we all to a man tried our best and enjoyed the occasion.
Our lads are fully aware that the Rochdale players will be keen to go away with a big scalp and will be more than happy to be able to say they put a big hit on a Super League player.