Flower: training harder than any game

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BEN Flower reckons training with the Army will put Warriors in a good position for a full-on assault on Super League in 2016.

The Warriors complete their pre-Christmas camp in Yorkshire today.

So far, the players have been treated to freezing swims, gruelling and long training sessions and interrupted nights.

It’s a far cry from the exercises in sun-kissed Florida which the players have been on during the last four per-seasons since Flower arrived at the club.

But Flower endorsed Shaun Wane’s decision for a different tact after finishing the last two campaigns without a trophy.

“It’s something we’ve all needed as a team, to get back to winning ways,” said Flower.

“Those times when you’re feeling at your lowest in the camps, you’ll never feel that low in a game – and so in a game you always have it in your mind, thinking, ‘It could be worse’.

“Everyone’s in the same boat.

“We know we’ve a couple of things we need to improve, which will hopefully give us an edge.”

The England players have missed the trip after Wane decided to give them more time off to recover from the Test series triumph against New Zealand.

Statistics suggest Wigan start seasons poorer the more players they have on England duty the previous autumn.

Flower, for the first time since he signed for the club, has had no disruptions to his pre-season preparations and he’s confident the Warriors will reap the rewards next season.

“It’s the first time I’ve 
had a full pre-season and 
I’m starting where everyone else is, level-pegging,” he said.

The Welsh international returned from a six-month ban last April and played his role in helping the Warriors to their third successive Grand Final.

“I was pleased with how I went, after everything, and grateful for everyone sticking behind me,” he added.

“II just concentrated on playing as well as I could, it took me a few games to get back to match fitness but when I was there I felt I gave a lot back to the team.

“The Grand Final is there, but you put it to the back of your mind, and crack on with the new season.”