JOSH Charnley reckons it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a better winger than he has ever been.
The 24-year-old admits he has yet to find his groove in 2015.
I just need more time on the pitch, because being fit and game-fit are totally differentJosh Charnley
A series of niggling injuries have been compounded by the presence of in-form Dom Manfredi, which have choked Charnley of first-team chances.
He is set to play only his 14th game of the season at Hull FC tonight.
But he is confident the competition with Manfredi will drive him to a higher standard once he has settled back into the team and strung some matches together.
Charnley said: “You know your abilities and I’ve had no-one challenging me for two or three years.
“I crept in when Amos Roberts had injuries and since then I’ve had no one competing with me.
“But Dom has come in and he’s keen – and you need that healthy competition. It makes you strive to be better.
“I just need more time on the pitch, because being fit and game-fit are totally different.”
Charnley admits he has yet to warrant an England spot for the series against New Zealand at the end of the year.
But the prospect of seeing him in career-best form again will excite his army of supporters, given he was Super League’s top tryscorer in 2012 and 2013.
“I want to help the team as much as possible, It’s not just about scoring,”he said.
“It’s also the carries no-one wants to do.
“Waney likes that, he tells me to do that more – I think I’m ticking boxes.”
A week ago Shaun Wane laid down a challenge to Charnley to justify his selection ahead of Manfredi.
But the coach qualified his remarks, insisting the England flyer is under no more focus than everyone else in his squad.
“Every single player, including Sean O’Loughlin and Micky McIlorum, is under pressure here,” said Wane.
“They all have an individual review with me so they know they need to be at their best.
“Every single player at this squad is under pressure.”