Wakefield Trinity Wildcats maverick Jarrod Sammut insists his struggling side do not believe they will be relegated.
They are mired in a six-game losing streak and so will enjoy some respite more than most this weekend when they are out of action due to their earlier exit from the Challenge Cup.
The enforced break from match action has given coach Richard Agar an extra chance to work with his ailing squad on the training field ahead of their next game at Hull FC on Sunday week.
Wakefield sit 12th, four points above London Broncos and six ahead of Bradford Bulls, although that could all change if the latter are successful in their appeal against a previous points deduction.
The form of Sammut, the exciting Australian stand-off who joined from Bradford in February, has been one of their few success stories.
But, when asked about relegation, he told The Yorkshire Post: “We still feel very positive that we won’t be there. I don’t think we’re too far away from where we want to be.
“I haven’t taken too much notice of that (six defeats) or thought ‘We lost, holy Hell’.
“Those games are done, we can’t change the results now, but we can make sure we’re in the right frame of mind, our bodies are in the best condition they can be and get ready to play next week as that’s the only chance we’ve got to make things right.”
His individual flair was a highlight in Sunday’s 36-16 loss at Huddersfield Giants when he scored one try, set up their other two and generally kept the hosts on their toes.
He has been switched to full-back to try to utilise his attacking skills more often.
“I prefer to play six,” he admitted. “Obviously, me and Rich have had a few conversations but he said for the best of the team at the moment he wants me to play one.
“The Huddersfield game was frustrating and it’s something that’s a continuation every week.
“We put in a lot of effort but we need more than that to win.
“It was a great opportunity for two points and to get our season back in some form but we shot ourselves in the foot a few times.
“As soon as we get a bit fatigued, it’s like everyone stops thinking, but we’ve time to work now before the Hull game.”