After a blank weekend, match-wise we return to league action tomorrow with a home game against Sheffield Eagles with both teams looking for a win to get things back on track.

Although we had no game last weekend there was no lack of intensity in training, and it has been the same this week too with the lads looking forward to getting back out on the field.

Our injuries are starting to clear up too which is obviously a bonus when it comes to selection for Matt Diskin.

Phil Joy has now trained fully for two weeks and looks an angry man ready to go.

James Barran has also started full training again this week but probably won’t be ready for weekend as he has been out for several weeks, and Jack Spencer has also been able to start running again this week after his back injury.

All in all, we are getting there and the sooner we have a fit squad to pick from the better things will be.

Covid-19 remains at the forefront of everything we do at the club, and in relation to the playing group we have had a stark reminder this week of how serious the threat remains with two Super League games having to be postponed due to positive cases and close contacts.

There is no doubt that it has become harder to explain to the players over the last few weeks why we have to maintain all the protocols, given that lockdown is easing in general society, but the nature of the game, both in training and matches, with close contacts being an unavoidable part of it all, means that we have an important role still to play and to ensure we do not have positive cases at the club.

The RFL have confirmed that, in line with Public Health England’s expectations, that the number of positive cases in the general population would rise post lockdown and that this would work its way through to the number of positive cases in rugby league and that is what we are now seeing.

All we can do, and have to do, is maintain the standards we have set over the last few months, although I am pretty certain that the lads are sick of my voice saying ‘put your mask on, don’t do this, don’t do that!’.

On the same theme, we have been in discussions this week with Toulouse about our match there, which is due to take place on July 3.

Last week it was announced that their home game against Bradford Bulls on June 19 had been cancelled due to the current quarantine restrictions which prevent part-time clubs from travelling to France and, as we are the next home game for them, the discussion was around the likelihood of our game going ahead.

As things stand, unless France is added to the UK Government’s list of green countries at the next review, then the match will also likely be cancelled.

Even if we get the go ahead to travel it will be very different to usual, with us travelling on a chartered plane to and from France in the same day.

Anyway, back to this week and with fans, albeit it in limited numbers, back in the ground you can play your part in getting us over the line and chalking up another ‘W’.

Be loud and proud and continue to get behind the lads.