DAN Sarginson has declared his hope of nailing down a centre spot this year.
The 20-year-old was recruited from London Broncos to strengthen the level of competition – and cover – across the backs.
Sarginson has played a range of positions, including stand-off and full-back, and his utility value appealed to coach Shaun Wane.
But he has admitted his preference is to play at centre, and – with Darrell Goulding seemingly cemented in the right-side spot – he looks poised to push Iain Thornley all the way for the left role.
“I can play anywhere, but I’ve been swapping mainly in and out of the centre positions (in training),” said Sarginson.
Wane admits Sarginson is further on than he had expected, and is ready to push for a first-team spot next month – earlier than anticipated.
“He reminds me of Sam Tomkins, in the fact that he is so competitive – he wants to win everything,” said Wane.
The Perth-born, London-raised player is modest about his impact at training.
“I’ve just been doing my best in training,” said Sarginson.
“But all the boys are ripping in, we’re all in great shape.”
Although Jack Hughes was handed the No.4 last season, it was Thornley – in his first full season since returning from Sale Sharks – who won the race to fill George Carmont’s boots.
He featured in 30 games, including the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final, and finished the campaign with 16 tries.
Still only 22, Thornley’s best days are ahead of him and Wane will relish an intense battle for the centre spot.
Hughes and Kiwi Anthony Gelling remain other options, though both seem better equipped to push for spots at second-row and wing respectively.
They are currently in America with the rest of the squad preparing for the new season.