HI it’s Jamahl here.
Well, unfortunately we start this week on a sad note, farewelling our forever-smiling hooker George Gatis.
Due to unfortunate events back in Australia, we say goodbye to George, but his bright character and on-field displays leave us with fond memories.
George asked me to thank the Giants supporters for making him feel very welcome, and he was upset his stay here was cut so short. He thanked everybody in the club and his teammates for a great opportunity to play rugby league abroad and was extremely grateful.
Now, on a brighter note, I think we should give Martin Aspinwall a mention.
Aspy has come back from a horrific knee injury he picked last year which the surgeon told him it was the worst knee he had seen.
The type of injury he suffered required a full knee reconstruction operation and about a year on the sidelines.
Aspy has worked extremely hard and with the help of Greg Brown has got himself back on the field two months early, an extraordinary effort and a credit to the medical staff and, of course, Evander Holyfield look-alike Greg, our tireless rehab trainer.
Greg has had Aspy working 24-7 and pushing him in the gym and on the pitch to get him match-fit, and we all look forward to the Great Britain international getting back in Super League.
Our 2008 form reads pretty bad on paper and probably looks as bad on the pitch.
But I stress the importance of playing through tough patches.
In 2004, when I played at Canterbury Bulldogs in Australia, we had a disaster start to the season, losing our first five games, and we had two wins in 10 games.
We trained hard, stuck to our guns and went on a 13-game winning streak which resulted in us winning the Australian NRL Grand Final that year, becoming the Premiers.
This sounds fairly familiar to last year for the Giants, losing our first seven and then winning our next nine to have our most successful year in Super League as we ended up making the semi-finals.
As a player, when you’re not winning it can become easy to point the finger and start blaming people around the club.
I can tell you from experience the only way to come out of a situation like this is to stay tight, keep playing and eventually the tide turns, and it will!.
It’s times like this we need our supporters to stick behind us. With such a great mix of experience and youth, we’re all convinced that later in the season we will be the most dangerous side in Super League!