Mossop hoping to hit top form in 2016

Lee Mossop

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LEE Mossop is confident a full pre-season will be the launchpad for him to rekindle his best form in 2016.

The Cumbrian prop returned to Wigan last season after a year away in the NRL and, by his own admission, struggled to make his mark.

No matter how hard I tried or the extras that I did I just didn’t quite get back to my best. I think that had a bit to do with limping into the season

Lee Mossop

For all his good intentions during the bulk of the campaign he felt his performances were shackled by issues surrounding his shoulders.

He was denied a pre-season as he recovered from the second reconstruction in 12-months and, when he did get on the pitch, he only felt really confident towards the end of the season.

But with no international duty - or surgery - in the autumn campaign, the 26-year-old has his eyes fixed on making a bigger mark next year.

Mossop said: “It’s been a while since I had a full pre-season, and I’ve come back with a lot of motivation.

“I felt last year that as much as I wanted to get back to my best it just wasn’t quite clicking.

“No matter how hard I tried or the extras that I did I just didn’t quite get back to my best. I think that had a bit to do with limping into the season - I didn’t have a pre-season, I didn’t make a tackle until a week before I played, the one before that was almost 12 months before when I had my operation.

“Towards the back end of the season I started getting some of the form back that I know I’m capable of, so I’ve come back and now I want to get a lot of work under my belt, get fit again, get the strength back.

“I’ve got the confidence back in my shoulder now and I can’t wait to get started this year now.”

Mossop, who played in 29 games last term, played only three games for Parramatta before returning to the Warriors a year ago. Team-mates Sam and Joel Tomkins both cut short their deals, in the NRL and rugby union respectively, to rejoin their former club as well.

“This is one of the best club’s in the world, if not the best, and I think sometimes you can take that for granted when you leave the place,” added Mossop.

“You think, ‘Oh everyone says that’, but I went to the other side of the world and a lot of my best mates were still back here.

“I didn’t feel like I was missing out, I just missed the place. I like being around my best mates, people you can trust – it’s a lot more enjoyable.

“It didn’t quite go according to plan (at Parramatta). I was due to do another year but now I’m back I couldn’t be happier, I love the place.”