GIANTS chief Jon Sharp feels it’s only a matter of time before Rod Jensen re-discovers his top form.
And the Galpharm chief has cited the example of Stuart Jones to highlight how quickly fortunes can change.
Tough back-rower Jones has been named in the Giants’ 19-man squad for tomorrow’s Super League clash at Catalans Dragons (7.30) after spending much of this season out of the first-team spotlight.
But for the second week running, there’s no place in the squad for ‘The Rocket’.
Sharp admits the decision to leave out the powerful Australian has been tough.
However, he remains 100% convinced he will follow Jones’ lead and will soon be back at the heart of the Giants’ Super League challenge as they look to re-ignite their top-six play-off bid.
“Rod has been a fantastic signing for us, and his time will come again,” said Sharp, who has also left out Thomas Hemingway from the squad to travel to France to accommodate Jamahl Lolesi after serving his two-match ban.
“By his own admission, Rod struggled in his last two games and took it on the chin when it was decided he should have a run-out in the Reserves last week. He responded magnificently to that and came up with a very strong display that day.
“And even though he’s missed out on a place again this weekend he remains an important part of our squad.
“He always make a vital contribution in team meetings and continues to work as hard as ever in training.
“You can’t help but be impressed by that sort of attitude and it will definitely stand him in good stead.
“And that has been borne out by Stuart Jones.
“Like Rod, Stuart had a spell in the Reserves when he was struggling to find his top form, but always kept positive and was patient waiting for his next Super League chance to come along.
“That was against Hull KR on Sunday and everyone saw the results.
“He came back and clearly felt he had a point to prove as he produced what I thought was possibly his best performance for us for a couple of years.
“He carried the ball up strongly and was a real defensive rock, which is something we all know he’s going to need to repeat against Catalans tomorrow.
“Like the rest of the team, Stuart is going to have to back up last week’s display with something similar this weekend.
“If we are able to do that, then I’m sure we can get the win.”