Big things were expected when Leeds Rhinos signed Aidan Sezer from Huddersfield Giants prior to this season.
The Australian half was expected to come in and provide some much-needed stability to an erratic Rhinos side that had the makings of potential title challengers.
However, things have not exactly gone to plan with Sezer struggling to find form before an injury which has kept him out of action for the last two months.
But things took a turn for the better on Saturday as the 30-year-old was heavily involved in a lot of the Rhinos outstanding attacking play that saw them hammer Hull FC 62-16.
“It’s always enjoyable [when the attack is clicking] but I think the tough stuff is underrated when the scoreline gets like it did,” Sezer said after the match at the MKM Stadium.
“I think the positives for me as a half is that we ended our sets pretty well, we kick-chased really well and we set the foundations for a win. We scored some nice tries off the back of it.”
As mentioned, the hype around Sezer’s arrival at the club before this season was massive, especially knowing he would be partnering his former Canberra teammate Blake Austin in the halves.
That partnership blossomed in the Australian capital, helping the Raiders once reach an NRL Grand Final, so seeing the pair reunited brought about a big expectation from the Leeds fans that the good times were coming back to Headingley.
The slow start from both Sezer and his team has them already written off by many, but Saturday signalled a step forward for everyone at the Rhinos and the playmaker is keen to keep progressing.
“I could be a bit better,” Sezer admitted. “When I threw the intercept for one of their tries I sort of shifted momentum a bit. I need to be better in that area but it was a step in the right direction.
“I’m feeling good, that was the best I’ve felt all year in terms of how my body felt. I’m happy with how I’m feeling in games and with my fitness so hopefully I can keep improving and we keep chalking up some wins.”
Time to prove the doubters wrong
Having excelled at Huddersfield, the Rhinos fanbase have been left underwhelmed by what Sezer has delivered so far in blue and amber and it is probably justified.
However, sometimes it just takes time to click. It’s also clear that Sezer has yet to reach full fitness at Leeds, and that includes prior to his two-month injury layoff.
You don’t become a bad player overnight and as they say, form is temporary class is permanent.
Aidan Sezer is definitely class. Once he is fully fit, Rhinos fans will see the player they thought was arriving initially and it could come just in time for a late playoff push and an unlikely tilt at the title.
This man has been there and done it so don’t be surprised to see Sezer revive his Rhinos career and prove everyone wrong – here’s hoping!