It’s been a tough period. I think any player hates sitting on the sidelines. I’m probably the worst spectator there is, I just want to get out there and play. You kind of feel worthless to the team.

I nearly made it last week. With the way the week panned out I wouldn’t have been able to train a full session before the game. If it was a Sunday game I probably would have made it.

I’m back fit now and playing this week. It’ll be nice to get back out there and test out the ankle, more for confidence than anything. Hopefully I’ll get through the game OK.

All the lads were bitterly disappointed after the Challenge Cup game and knew they didn’t put their best foot forward. I think they’re the most frustrating games, when you know you haven’t played your best. If you play your best and get beat I think everyone would hold their hands up and say ‘fair play’.

Unfortunately we’re out of the cup for another year and will focus on the league now and hopefully try and get out of the bottom of the table.

Tony has made a raft of changes this week and handed some opportunities out. Hopefully we can do a lot better than we did last week. It wasn’t through a lack of effort, we just got things wrong at crucial times.

Playing Leeds again has pros and cons. We’re trying to right the wrongs of last time and they could be really confident feeling like they’ve sussed us out.

I’ll be treating it as just another game and a chance to test myself against two good half-backs in Luke Gale and Rob Lui.

Gale is brilliant and one of the form half-backs in the competition at the moment. He’s critical to what Leeds do in terms of performance – if he plays well they usually win.

Luke Gale now is playing the best I’ve ever seen him play. I know he won the Man of Steel at Castleford but at the moment I feel he’s got everything.

Luke Gale celebrates a golden point drop goal
Luke Gale celebrates a golden point drop goal

The decision to delay the return of crowds was a blow for rugby league. For me, the game is not the same without fans. As a young kid growing up you want to play in stadiums with packed out stands.

Playing in an empty stadium is bizarre. I’m a big Preston fan and don’t feel like I have the same connection with them when I’m watching from home. They played against Norwich at the weekend and it’s probably the first game I haven’t watched for a while.

It feels like the game is diluted at the moment. As soon as fans are allowed back in, sport will be much better for it.

Especially for a club like ours. For me, we’ve got one of the best support bases in the competition. For us to not have that advantage, I think it goes a long way with our team in particular.

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Our fans enhance our performance because of how loud and vocal they are. One of my best memories in rugby league is the Hull derby and how many KR fans turned up.

The racket they make in that East Stand, you really miss it as a player. We train in the stadium every day and it’s soulless not knowing when the fans are going to be back.