I HAVE to admit this hasn’t been the greatest couple of weeks since I’ve been here.
First of all, there was the obvious disappointment of not being able to secure a two-year contract extension at the Giants. I would have loved that to have happened.
But, on top of that, I’ve now picked up an injury that will keep me on the sidelines for the next few weeks.
In the build-up to the Crusaders game I was desperate to recover from what I thought was a dead leg at the time. I knew that if I didn’t play the speculation machine would be working overtime, because that match was just a day after it was officially announced I’d be leaving.
But, unfortunately, it was clear at training on Saturday morning that playing against the Crusaders would be a non-starter.
It was then decided to send me for a scan to assess the full extent of the damage, which revealed I had, in fact, suffered a thigh strain and would have to remain on the sidelines for a couple more weeks.
However, the last thing I need to do now is go into a massive sulk, which would achieve absolutely nothing. Negative vibes around the club is no good for anyone.
Instead, it’s up to me to remain as positive as I possibly can over the next few weeks and do everything possible to provide positive support to my teammates.
Throughout my time here I’ve tried to provide as much advice, support and encouragement to the young players we have in the squad, that’s if they want it, of course!
And right now I’m doing a lot of work with Leroy Cudjoe, pictured, to help him continue to progress as a Super League full-back. He’s a very talented kid and I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays in the next few weeks, which I’m sure will be very well, particularly judging by the way he played at Crusaders.
Leroy looked very solid and contributed significantly to the win, as did everyone on the day, for that matter.
A repeat performance – and result – this weekend wouldn’t be too bad, would it?
UNLIKE many of my teammates, I won’t be taking the high road to Edinburgh for our Magic Weekend game against Wigan at Murrayfield.
It was a trip I was looking forward to, not only because it’s a great venue, but also as it’s our chance to test ourselves against the Super League leaders.
I had toyed with the idea of travelling up with the rest of the boys to give them as much help and support as I could.
But with the nature of my injury, I really can’t think of anything worse than spending five hours on a bus up there and another five hours on the way back.
I want to get back out onto the field as quickly as possible, and a long trip like this is just asking for trouble.