LIAM Farrell has revealed New Year’s wish... to cement his spot in the England second-row.
Farrell was “shocked” to get a starting place for the Four Nations opener against Samoa.
But he rose to the challenge and kept his place for matches against Australia and New Zealand.
With a home series against the Kiwis at the end of 2015, the 24-year-old now wants to cement his place on the Test stage – and he knows he can do that by performing well for Wigan during the new season.
He said: “Before the Four Nations, I looked at the squad and you could sort of pick every position but the backrow.
“I didn’t know who Steve McNamara was going to pick because Brett Ferres and Elliot Whitehead and Joel Tomkins were in the squad too. I wouldn’t have liked to have picked it!
“I couldn’t tell you how shocked I was when I got picked.
“I had played against Fiji and France during the World Cup, but the Four Nations was the first time I’d faced the Aussies and Kiwis – which is what I wanted – and I was chuffed to stay in for every game.
“Steve told me the spot is mine to lose.”
Though it was a familiar story for England, as they failed to reach the Four Nations final, Farrell took positives from the narrow losses against Australia and New Zealand.
“A lot of people said a lot of bad things about us, but I think it’s the closest we’ve ever been,” he said. “We’re just a little step closer and when we play the Kiwis again at the end of the year, we can be better for it.”