Hoping rare break can help get the Giants back on track

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Things can get on top of you when you are not playing so well so it has been good to get the opportunity recently for a couple of days off with no Super League game last weekend.

A few of us Huddersfield Giants lads, including me and my house-mate Greg Eden, went away to Spain.

It wasn’t for long, just a couple of days for a bit of a chill out, and we watched a little football.

We didn’t get up to much and mainly just lounged on the beach and relaxed.

It’s a long, tough season and you don’t get too many weeks off during the year to actually get away anywhere.

As rugby league players, it’s not always easy to get a holiday during the season and there’s only a few weeks at the end of each year before you’re back into pre-season training.

Anyway, hopefully it will see us deliver a performance on Sunday feeling a bit more refreshed and get us back to winning ways.

A lot has been made about us losing five games on the bounce but it’s nonsense to suggest it has anything to do with our coach Nathan Brown leaving at the end of the season or Kevin Brown’s decision to join Widnes either.

Kev’s our captain and he leads from the front while Browny is still a really committed coach and we knew ages ago he was leaving.

We’ve got some big games coming up, including a Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington, and we’re still in a good position.

They’ll both want to sign off on a high and that’s the aim.

Firstly, we have London Broncos at the Galpharm tomorrow.

They may be down in 13th spot but we’re certainly not going to under-estimate them. We can’t do that in our position and one of the teams we lost against was Widnes, who are bottom.

London have some quality players, especially in key positions, but it’s going to be more about us this weekend and making sure we do those things well that we were doing earlier in the year.

Personally, it’s good to be back playing again after a knee injury kept me out for two months.

It’s never a good time to get injured but I was picking up some decent form when that happened in April so it was frustrating. I came back in our last game against Hull KR though and it feels really good now.

Generally, I’ve been pleased with how it’s gone in my first year since joining from Wakefield.

If I’m honest, I never expected to be playing as much as I have done given the standard of player here in this squad. It’s been pleasing to get so many matches under my belt.

Browny brought me in as cover because of all the different positions I can play – half-back, hooker and loose-forward.

But he told me back when I signed that no one had a God-given right to play in this team and, if I got a chance and played well, I’d keep the position. He’s kept his word on that.

I only signed a 12-month contract so my deal is up soon but I’m fairly confident I’ll get another. The injury came at a bad time but I can fully focus on playing well now and trying to earn that new deal. I’m not worried about it.

I would like to settle down, though. I’m not getting any younger – I’m 24 – and it’s been tough moving from Hull to Crusaders to Wakefield and now Giants over the last three years and playing different styles of football each time.

Obviously, we’ve had a bad hiccough of late at Huddersfield but we know we’re going to come through it. It’s time to get going again.

Interview by Dave Craven.

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