WARRIORS forward Chris Tuson is focused on trying to truly make his mark at the DW Stadium next season.
Tuson, a former Wigan St Pat’s player who hails from Leyland, last week signed a new two-year deal for 2011 and 2012 – with an option for a third season.
His old contract was due to expire at the end of last month, but Warriors coach Michael Maguire had no hesitations in offering him a new deal.
Tuson said: “I was trying to sort it out for a while and I was so glad now that it’s all sorted.
“It’s a weight off my mind, knowing my future is here, and now I can just concentrate on playing.
“I had quite a bit of a run but then I got dropped for the semi-finals and I was gutted about it, but my aim at the start of the year was to play 10 first-team games – and I thought that was quite ambitions – so I can’t complain to have played 15.”
Tuson made his debut as a substitute in 2008, but didn’t figure in the Warriors first-team again until earlier this year.
He then went on a loan stint at Castleford to gain Super League experience, before returning for Wigan’s march towards the Grand Final.
In a strong run, he missed just one match from the end of May until the end of September, but was squeezed out for the play-off semi-final at Leeds.
Tuson added: “Going to Castleford really helped me.
“It was just good to see a different club and have a different coach.
“I’d only played one Super League game, nobody knew who I was and it was a chance to prove myself and show what I can do.
“I really enjoyed it and it really helped me, definitely.
“I was a bit worried when they signed Hoffman, and obviously Gaz (Hock) might be coming back, but I spoke to Madge about it and he reassured me, and said it doesn’t matter who you are, if your form is good enough you are playing.
“I never wanted to go anywhere else.
“I’ve always been a Wigan fan and I used to be a season-ticket holder, so to play for Wigan is all I ever wanted to do.
“I was really chuffed with last season.
“Madge is constantly telling us to ignore the Press and the TV and to keep our feet on the ground, but I was pleased with last season.
“I got a winners’ ring, but it didn’t really feel the same, not playing in the game.
“I was chuffed for the lads but I didn’t feel part of it and that’s my aim for next year, to get in the side when we win something.”