LEEDS RHINOS’ Aussie forward Brett Delaney admits he is still finding his feet after recent injury problems.
Delaney spent most of the off-season recovering from knee surgery and then missed the start of the Super League campaign due to an ankle injury.
He has played in Rhinos’ last eight games, but conceded he isn’t yet back at the top of his game.
“It is slowly coming together,” Delaney said of his return to the side. “It is a long process.
“It is a little bit frustrating, but it is getting better every week and I am just trying to contribute to the team.
“I have started the last couple of games and I am just happy to be back out there really.
“I spent a lot of pre-season in the gym, I didn’t go home (to Australia) this year and it was a long, tough pre-season, so it’s good to be back out on the pitch and enjoying it again.”
Rhinos will also be looking to get back on track this week, following last Friday’s second loss of the season to Warrington Wolves.
They will move six points clear at the top of the table if they win at Huddersfield Giants tomorrow night, but Delaney admitted it will take a big step up in performance.
“We had a tough win the other week against Saints, that was very physical, but I think Warrington were just too good for us,” he admitted.
“They played well, but we’ll be all right. The good thing about rugby is there’s always next week.
“We have had a look at the game and we’ve been working on fixing up some areas. We dug in, but we just had to do too much defence.
“We’ve been working hard this week and we’ll get stuck in. You would like to win every week, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t pan out like that.
“It was disappointing, we had good preparation all week, but Warrington are a good side so we just have to get back on the horse and get ready for Thursday.”
Rhinos are due to face Huddersfield twice in their next three matches, with the sides set to meet at Headingley on Saturday, May 16 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round.
“We’ll just worry about getting over this week first and fixing a few areas up,” Delaney said.
“We need to get back on the horse first this week and get a win. It’s only a short turnaround, but that’s what we want.
“After a loss, you want to make things right, so it’s good that it’s Thursday.
“We’ve had a short week and we’ll be ready to rip into Huddersfield.”
Meanwhile, Rhinos under-19s face North East academy at Stanningley on Saturday (noon).
Mickey Paea of Hull FC has been banned for two matches after being found guilty of two Grade B offences of raising his knees in a tackle during a First Utility Super League Round 12 fixture against Huddersfield Giants at KC Stadium.
Paea, who pleaded not guilty to both charges, was also fined £500.
Adam Milner of Castleford was banned for one match for Grade B reckless high tackle against Salford after submitting an early guilty plea.