Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant says he's seeing the extra attention around him and his future as a positive — not a negative — as he looks to help his side bounce back this Friday against the Broncos.
A standout performer for Michael Maguire's side through the opening half of the season, the on-loan hooker said he's enjoying the support and attention thrown his way by Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm fans alike, and said that the positive feedback is helping him enjoy the opportunity afford to him this year.
"It's really good that the fan base here are getting behind me," Grant told reporters on Tuesday after a wet and windy training session.
"I'm really appreciative that they have got on board with me being here — it's a bit of a different scenario that we've found ourselves in this year so I'm just glad they're getting behind me and backing me every week.
"I'm 100 percent just concentrating on Wests Tigers and then whatever happens [next year] happens.
"I'm just enjoying playing NRL," Grant added.
"That's what I came here for, and the same goes for Paul [Momirovski] down in Melbourne. He's playing good footy and has a great opportunity with the Storm this year, so it's just enjoyable to be playing NRL."
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Not daunted by discussions around his future in the game and contract talks, Grant instead said his focus had been on making the most of his debut season in first-grade alongside his Wests Tigers teammates.
"I just playing enjoy footy anywhere," Grant laughed when asked of his future.
"I just love playing and the chance to play NRL each week is fantastic. Being able to play with guys like Benji Marshall — who was an idol growing up — is pretty special.
Match: Wests Tigers v Broncos
Round 10 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
"I'm just focusing week-to-week and trying to get my game and the team back to where we want it to be."
Wests Tigers will look to consolidate their spot in the top eight this Friday when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval — Grant's first game at the suburban ground since officially joining the club after Round 2.