Now I mustn’t get carried away with myself and tempt fate here but things seem to be going really well.
After a fantastic family break over the pond, cruising the Caribbean, returning to the club in a real good position sat at the top of the league, I was able to enjoy watching a good victory over a tough Dewsbury side with the Yorkshire sun shining through.
I later learned that Rangi Chase has been declared fit and is now back training with the squad from today.
In addition to that it seems that other results couldn’t have gone much better for us while I was away, in particular with Bradford seemingly struggling of late.
I would like to thank Neil, all the coaching staff, medical and backroom and of course the lads themselves for the position they have put the club in.
Whilst we are far from firing on all cylinders we are coming to, and playing some direct rugby through our dominating forwards. On Sunday we started to see some flowing rugby through our back line and as that gets some consistency. And when the two come together I think we will have a real good opportunity of achieving our goals.
Despite losing our opening game we have gone unbeaten in difficult circumstances and that is something we keep building on week on week.
I would also like to congratulate Matthew Chantler, our new CEO, not only for covering my column for the two weeks I was away, but the way he has continued Allan’s good work and brought some good energy to the off field team whom should also be congratulated, in particular for the growth of commercial partners. They have attracted high-profile local companies such as Bents Garden Centre, Waterfield’s Bakery and DW Sports among many of late to the club.
We are certainly growing in stature and seem to have some stability which comes at a good time as we approach the turnaround after the visit of Whitehaven, and a trip to our competitive rivals Featherstone who seem to now be going really well and are back to being contenders. There is no doubt that the Championship has significantly raised its standards and quality and is a much closer and competitive league which is good for the game as a whole.
On the other side we have the Super League almost turned on its head with two of last year’s top three in the bottom four and if you were to take the potential middle 8s as the table currently stands, there would be some interesting fixtures in that competition. There is still a long way to go and I have no doubt that there will be more to be seen in both competitions before those places are decided.
This year has been freakish for the game the amount of serious injuries that players have sustained across the whole of the game and that has certainly impacted on clubs’ current positions.
Whilst everything I have returned to has been really positive, one negative on Monday evening was Fui being admitted to hospital with a serious infection which is now thankfully under control, and he is vastly improving and out of danger from what was a very serious situation.
Lastly I would like to thank our fantastic supporters who were in fine voice and numbers at Dewsbury on Sunday. Not to mention a really pleasing attendance of circa 3,200 for a Thursday night clash with Swinton.
This is extremely encouraging and greatly appreciated not only by the board, but more importantly the players on the field.
Long may it continue to grow.