AMOS Roberts is clear about his ambition to play a big role for Wigan this year – but don’t ask him from which position!
Coach Michael Maguire is keeping his cards firmly close to his chest over what spot he is favouring for the versatile back-line star.
Roberts started last season on the wing, but when Cameron Phelps suffered his own injury problem, he switched to full-back – with devastating effect.
He scored 13 tries in just 10 matches before a knee injury hampered the rest of his campaign, and during that time Sam Tomkins made the full-back role his own following his switch to the No.1 position from stand-off.
With last season’s wingers Pat Richards (29) and Darrell Goulding (25) leading the Super League try-scoring charts last season, Roberts is aware there is no obvious vacant spot for him in the side.
And while he would appear an obvious candidate to start the new season in one of the wing roles until Richards is recovered from an Achilles problem, he does not know where his long-term future will lie.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” smiled Roberts, who can also play stand-off.
“You’ll have to ask the big man, he’s not giving anything away to me.
“Some times you get an idea from training, but the back three are changing around positions.
“Madge is looking at us in all roles.
“It doesn’t bother me, whatever’s best for the team.”
Roberts is hoping to figure in at least one of this month’s pre-season friendlies, and thinks that will be a good way to gauge his recovery from knee surgery.
“It’s going well, I’ve just got a few boxes to tick, but it’s going really good,” he says.
If everything goes to plan, he will be able to stake a claim to face St George-Illawarra in the World Club Challenge on February 27.
Roberts made history at the Dragons in 2000 with the most points scored by a debutant with a 22-point haul, and he still has a few ties to his first professional club.
“There are heaps of players still there from when I was at the Dragons, like Ben Hornby, Matt Cooper, Dean Young,” he says.
“I played with Mark Gasnier – I was his wingman back then.
“I used to stay out there and he’d throw magical flick passes, making it look so easy.
“I know Adrian Lam (Dragons assistant coach and ex-Wigan scrum-half) very well as well, he was on the coaching staff when I was playing at the Sydney Roosters.
“It’s always good to play against a former club and that’ll be a good game.
“It’ll be two of the best teams in the game and it should be a great spectable.
“It’d be nice to play but I’ve got to take it week by week and tick all the boxes first.”