HI, Andy here.
Well this week I’m pleased to say I’m fit to play and I know it will be great to get back on the field.
It’s been a frustrating five weeks out with my knee injury, so I’m excited at being able to contribute to the team on a matchday.
My time out has allowed me to appreciate how lucky I’ve been so far in my career.
This five-week lay-off has been the longest due to injury I’ve ever had, and It has given me an insight into how tough a long-term injury would be to come back from, both mentally and physically.
It’s not all been bad, however.
Not playing has given me an extra opportunity to do some more community appearances.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet a number of people involved with, and helped by, the Rugby League Benevolent fund, before the Salford game.
Chatting with the men who had been seriously injured playing rugby league and had their lives totally changed really helped me to see how fortunate I am to be able to be playing this weekend.
It was also great to see that their enthusiasm for the game hasn’t been reduced since they were forced to retire from the game.
Another community group I have been pleased to be able to get to know during my time out is the Newsome Panthers.
The past couple of week’s frustration of not playing has been helped by seeing how thriving the junior game is here in Huddersfield.
Two weeks running I was invited to the junior club’s presentation evenings to hand out the end-of-season awards.
I was made to feel very welcome by everyone there and it’s great to see so many people so enthusiastic to be involved in grassroots rugby here in the town where the game was born.
FINALLY, my friends at the Laura Crane Trust have suggested doing a naked calendar with the Giants team in aid of the youth cancer charity.
After running it past the boys, the vast majority were keen to be involved, but with only 12 months of the year to fill there will be some boys missing out.
The big question is ‘who do you, the public, want to see with their shirts off?’
If there is a player you want to see with their kit off let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.