The question is being posed today as to whether the Giants believe they can win a Super League XXI game. What do you think?
I’d say ‘yes, we do’.
But what we have to do first of all is put ourselves in a position to believe we can.
After that, we have to go out and show we can.
I know we have the quality of squad to be winning games on a regular basis and, judging by the attitude of all the players, they do too.
It’s just that we’re killing ourselves with the things we’re doing at the moment, and we all have a part to play in that.
Everyone is making errors across the board, and if we all concentrate on our own jobs and do that job five to 10% better then we know we’ll give ourselves a chance.
We’ve done it before, and we can do it again.
As head coach, how hard are you finding this current situation to deal with?
It is hard to switch off when you leave the club and get home.
That’s because you’re always searching for the answer to what’s going wrong and trying to come up with the right solution.
Sometimes the answer is obvious and sometimes it isn’t, but it certainly doesn’t stop you thinking about it.
The key for us at the moment is to stay patient and be composed and committed in everything we do.
I also think it’s important we try and keep a smile on our faces.
I do this job because I enjoy this sport and I enjoy working here, and I’d like to think everyone else does too. That’s certainly the impression I get.
Although we’re all hurting like hell, it’s important we carry on enjoying training and enjoy working hard.
If we continue to do that, make sure we keep focusing on the structures and systems we have in place and carry them out by the letter, then we know all is not lost.
Even though the defeat at Castleford the other week was another tough one to take, there were times during that game when we saw exactly what we can do if we successfully put on a structured play.
A case in point was when Leroy scored on the right when we executed a play to perfection.
We cut them open with ease, which underlined just what we can do when we put our minds to it.
We did it then, so why can’t do that again on a more regular basis?
So do you believe you can do that at home to Warrington tomorrow night?
Warrington are a very good team, no-one can deny that.
Tony Smith’s got them playing a style of play that’s very effective, and they’re playing that style with a lot of confidence.
They’re great at playing to their strengths, and that’s what we’ve got to do as well.
I know that if we’re able to do that, then we will give ourselves a genuine chance.
One player in the Warrington side whose enjoying himself is Jack Hughes. How much would have liked to have kept him?
Jack was great for us last year, and I’d have loved to have kept him.
He’s one of the most under-rated players in the competition and is a massive lost for us.
He became a very valuable member of our squad last season, making a positive contribution both on and off the field. He was also a good bloke, too.
But I fully understood his reasons for joining Warrington.
Travelling along the M62 on a daily basis can be a real pain at times, so when such a good club as Warrington expresses an interest and it meant he’d be so close to home, you could understand his reasoning for signing for them.
If he decided to move because he didn’t enjoy his time with us it would have been a bit harder to take, but the fact it was all down to the travelling was a little easier to take.