Leeds Rhinos: Hooker Aiton happy with his return from injury

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WORLD CUP hooker Paul Aiton is happy with the way his comeback is progressing.

The 22-18 win at Salford Red Devils last week was Aiton’s sixth successive game after a three-month lay-off due to illness.

The Papua New Guinea ace, who was signed from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the off-season, feels he is now close to the form he had before he was sidelined – though he admits he is still coming to terms with Rhinos’ style of play.

Aiton said: “Everything has gone all right for me so far. The soreness has pretty much gone now, so I am feeling back in the groove a bit now, which is a good thing. I think I am pretty much getting up to speed. I have just been trying to pick up from where I left off really. I was just learning about everyone, but the best way to do that is by playing.

“I was learning as I was going along and I am trying to get back to there as fast as possible, then go on from there.”

Aiton played in Leeds’ first six games, but then missed the next 13. He started against Salford with Rob Burrow beginning the game at scrum-half and then moving to hooker when Aiton was given a breather.

“It has been not too bad,” Aiton said of his form so far. “I have still got a bit more to do, but I am finding my feet and it is going pretty well. As a team we need to keep improving. We have to be at our best every week now.

“We have been in some tough games and we have shown a bit of character.

“Hopefully we’ll keep getting some results, we’ll take the positives and see what we need to fix up.

“There’s still a lot more we can do to improve ourselves for the (Challenge Cup) semi-final, because that is a big game.

“It will be my first one, so I am really looking forward to it.”

Rhinos play host to Bradford Bulls on Friday before their eagerly-anticipated showdown with Warrington Wolves, at St Helens’ Langtree Park, eight days later.

Meanwhile, Rhinos legends Barrie McDermott and Keith Senior will team-up with a fan to take on a group of current players in a Question of Sport quiz night – hosted by Challenge Cup sponsors Tetley’s – in Headingley Carnegie Stadium’s executive lounge tonight (7pm).

Admission is free and the event will include a question and answer session with the past and present players and a raffle to win Tetley’s Challenge Cup final tickets, crates of beer and a signed Leeds Rhinos shirt.

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