Greg Minikin is determined to maintain his improved form and earn a new deal at Hull KR.
It would be fair to say Rovers fans have not seen the best of the England Knights outside back, with injuries and the coronavirus pandemic preventing Minikin from getting into his stride.
But the 26-year-old has been one of KR’s standout performers either side of the enforced break to give Tony Smith a timely reminder of his ability.
Minikin’s future is still up in the air as he approaches the end of his current deal but he has made it clear he wants to stay on at Craven Park.
“I’m not sure yet, I haven’t got anything sorted,” he said.
“I’m coming into a bit of form now which bodes well for me. My main focus is playing well for KR and hopefully something will come off the back of it.
“I’ve been open with everyone here and said I’d like to stay on.
“I feel like I’m improving each week and and it’s just about carrying it on now.
“I don’t want to make any excuses but it has been a bit stop-start. I know at the start of the year I wasn’t playing very well and I’m starting to get back to the sort of form I know I can play at.”
Minikin’s next opportunity to give Smith a nudge will come on Sunday when Rovers travel to Super League’s basement side Leigh Centurions.
Leigh have lost all 14 games this year but Minikin saw enough in the home match against the Centurions to suggest KR are in for a tough evening.
“It’s a really important game,” he said.
“They haven’t won a game all year so they’ll be desperate for the win. The more games they play and they don’t win they’ll be even more desperate.
“It definitely makes them more dangerous and we’ve addressed that during the week.
“We just need to go there and carry on the good form we’ve been in. If we go there and play our game, I think we can do a job on them.”
Adam Quinlan (1) of Hull KR is congratulated by Greg Minikin (3) of Hull KR
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Smith’s side dropped out of the top six after the home defeat to Catalans Dragons but they remain well placed heading into the final six weeks of the regular season.
Minikin says KR do not want to let this opportunity slip by.
“As a club we want a big finish,” he added.
“We’re aiming to get in the play-offs and it’s just about getting as many games in as we can, making sure we get in enough games and keep building each week.
“We’re confident as a group. We’ve been confident all year. I know at the start of the year a lot of people were writing us off and I think we’re proving a few people wrong.
“We’ve got to go that next step further by making the play-offs and having a good crack at it.”