Captain’s Column: One Direction gig was good, but Wildcats can top it with victory over Leeds Rhinos

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I’m really disappointed not be involved for tonight’s game against Leeds Rhinos.

I was hoping to be back but maybe I tried pushing myself a bit too much to be ready. The safer option is to wait and make sure it’s fully healed. It’s frustrating to be sat out but it’s the best thing to do.

I started running yesterday and it’s probably the best I’ve felt since the injury so hopefully I’ll be back for the Castleford game - I don’t want to miss that one!

I went on the bus with the boys to St Helens last Friday. It was always going to be tough but I thought the scoreline didn’t really reflect the game. Obviously Saints are a really good team and they played well but I thought that we did really well, we started the game really brightly and everyone had a good dig.

The lads were a credit to themselves the way they played and with people out and the way people were talking about the game - they didn’t give us a chance. The way we played in the first half and right up until the last 20 minutes - it was a good show from us.

Leeds are in some pretty good form. They had a poor defeat against Huddersfield but they backed up last week and put on a really good performance to beat Wigan so we know they’re coming here for a win and it’s up to us to match that and get back to the standards that we set ourselves.

It’s always a good atmosphere at home when we fill the ground and to be fair to our fans they’ve been turning up again in their numbers and they’ve been really loud. It’ll be a great atmosphere, Leeds always bring a lot of fans with them and it’ll make for a good night.

Talking of good nights, I went to see One Direction this week and it was really good!

I’ve had a bit of a ribbing from the boys about it. Richie Mathers hooked me up with the tickets, he’s a man of many contacts, and I think he posted a picture on Twitter so it was a nice little stitch up from him. I’m sure I can get him back sometime.

I felt a little bit awkward because I think I saw 20 men there all night! My girlfriend Nina is a bit of a fan and I thought I’d treat her. I’ve got a bit of a man crush on Harry Styles myself so I thought it was a good opportunity to go and see him.

On a more serious note it was great to see Adrian Purtell back playing for Bradford Bulls at the weekend.

Obviously being out for an extended period of time is never nice for a player and it’s nice that the club has stood by him and helped him through what’s been a serious thing.

It just shows you that sometimes things are a little bit more important than rugby.

What happened to him was quiet dangerous, more than any other injury that you’re going to get playing - it was life threatening. So it’s great for him to be back and I’m sure all the rugby league community wishes him well in his comeback.

As players we all get heart screened at the start of the season and it’s good for the game and something we should carry on doing.

- Danny.