Huddersfield Giants utility star Ash Golding has provided an update on his road to recovery after suffering a hamstring injury against Salford in April.
The side’s 26-16 win at the AJ Bell Stadium in Round Seven came at a cost as try-scorer Golding left the field through injury in the closing minutes.
He has been forced to watch from the sidelines as Ian Watson’s Huddersfield have picked up just two wins since against Catalans and Castleford, and most recently suffering a 54-0 hammering against Leeds at Headingley Stadium in Super League.
Golding, 26, was the latest guest on the BBC’s Super League Show, this week hosted by Damian Johnson.
“Rehab has been really good, I’m being looked after really well,” Golding said.
“I’ve not been pushed or pressured to come back onto the field and have been given the time that the hamstring needs because we all know once a hamstring goes, it’s very prone to go again.
“We’re taking our time with it, but I’m feeling probably stronger than I was before I got injured.”
Ash Golding backs Huddersfield to overturn season
The Giants have endured a miserable season in 2023 so far, claiming just five wins from 15 to sit 10th on the Super League table, just two points clear of Castleford Tigers.
Having reached the Challenge Cup final last year at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the side were knocked out of the prestigious competition in the sixth round by Salford Red Devils.
Pressure is mounting at the John Smith’s Stadium, while head coach Watson has ben backed to keep his job despite their current poor form.
Golding shared his belief that his side can still turn around their season, having been nilled last Friday to Leeds and conceding a huge 132 points in their last three Super League fixtures.
“We’re working tirelessly to get it right.”
“I think a lot of teams who are playing Huddersfield now, there’s an expectation of Huddersfield to perform and that raises the game of the opponents,” Golding said.
“Leeds turned up on the day. It was MND round for Rob [Burrow], so there was a lot of emotion in the air.
“They came to play and when you look at individuals playing against Huddersfield as well, people are stepping up because they’re starting to see that they need to.
“Results aren’t going our way but do we believe? Yeah we believe.
“Do we know what we can do when it starts to click? Of course we do. It’s just that combination of getting it to click and we understand that that doesn’t happen overnight.
“We understand that the purple patch that does happen to every team in the year doesn’t just happen. It comes with a process, and a long process of working hard, sticking to the basics and then believing and buying into each other and I do believe we’re doing that.
“It’s very hard to say this right now on the back of a big defeat, but behind the scenes we’re working tirelessly to get it right.”