McIlorum wants to press his Test claim

Michael McIlorum
Michael McIlorum

MICHAEL McIlorum will use Wigan’s Grand Final charge to press his claims for a Four Nations spot.

The hooker returned from a broken arm last Friday night, unable to prevent the Warriors slipping to a 24-10 loss at Widnes.

During his two-month lay-off, Castleford’s Daryl Clark’s stock has risen and many are talking about him as a contender for the England No.9 role.

Warrington paid a transfer fee of £180,000 to sign the hooker for 2015, underlining his potential.

With St Helens’ James Roby still on the scene, McIlorum wants to ensure he is not squeezed out of the frame when Test boss Steve McNamara selects his squad for the end-of-season tour Down Under.

“With me being injured I haven’t been able to showcase what I can do,” said McIlorum.

“But I have proved in the past what I can do. It’s up to Steve who he selects so hopefully I can finish strongly and hopefully I am in his thoughts.”

England play Samoa, New Zealand and Australia during the Four Nations.

McNamara is the assistant coach at Sydney Roosters and says he has been monitoring Super League players from afar.

Wigan host Leeds in the Big One 5 on Friday night, but may be without Liam Farrell after he was charged with a reckless high challenge on Widnes’ Joe Mellor – which earned him 10 minutes in the sinbin. He faces a one or two game ban if found guilty by the RFL disciplinary later today.