Farrell: World Cup will be launchpad

England's Sam Tomkins (left) and Sean O'Loughlin (right) look dejected after the loss to New Zealand
England's Sam Tomkins (left) and Sean O'Loughlin (right) look dejected after the loss to New Zealand

LIAM Farrell has vowed to use his World Cup experience as a launchpad to bigger and better things.

The Warriors forward twice represented England during the tournament, but was squeezed out of the frame for Saturday’s heartbreaking semi-final defeat to New Zealand.

The 23-year-old really established himself as a Super League star during 2013 as Wigan marched to a trophy double.

But having spent six weeks rubbing shoulders with the likes of James Graham and Sam Burgess, he knows there is still room for improvement if he is to achieve his goal of becoming an England regular.

Farrell said: “I made the England squad for the autumn series against Wales and France last year, and that kicked me on a bit.

“That’s my aim, to do that again. The World Cup is something for me to build on.

“Being in this environment has showed me where I need to be at. I feel physically I need to work on a few areas, because this is where I want to be playing at over the next few years.”

Farrell, who made appearances off the bench against Fiji and France, watched on helplessly at Wembley as his team-mates lost a dramatic Test by 20-18.

“I didn’t play but I was devastated - I can’t imagine how the lads felt,” he said. “We really did deserve to win.

“I felt we did enough, we were physical, we were on top of their pack.

“It would be hard to beat our pack.

“Sadly we didn’t get to the final, but we need to take the positives - the growth of the game, getting it out there to more fans and the good crowds.”

Farrell trained on his own time yesterday, but will soon take a short holiday before reporting back for pre-season training.

More of Wigan’s non-internationals have filtered back into the pre-season, with Australian Blake Green joining the squad yesterday.

Meanwhile, Wigan last night remained locked in talks about playing a warm-up game ahead of their World Club Challenge date against Sydney Roosters.

The Warriors face the NRL champions in Sydney on February 22, and want a friendly a week before.

They have spoken to representatives of Papua New Guinea and New Zealand Warriors.