Mossop: Shortcuts will cost us

Lee Mossop
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NO shortcuts - that’s the key to Grand Final success for double-winning prop Lee Mossop.

The Cumbrian will tomorrow night aim to crown his comeback campaign with Wigan in the same way he left – with a Super League trophy.

Saying ‘Who wants it more’ is easy, but there are times in a game when the temptation is to take a short-cut, when there’s a tough carry needed, and it’s who will put in the extra effort

Lee Mossop

And he is banking on the Warriors’ strong team spirit in getting them over the line against Leeds at a capacity Old Trafford. Mossop – who spent 2014 at NRL outfit Parramatta – said: “I’ve genuinely come back into a team with my best mates.

“There are times when you are knackered and there are times when it’s easy to walk back into the line, but when it’s your mate – slogging it out for you – it makes you want to do it for them, too.

“For me, that would personally be the worse thing, taking a short-cut and letting your team down.

“Saying ‘Who wants it more’ is easy, but there are times in a game when the temptation is to take a short-cut, when there’s a tough carry needed, and it’s who will put in the extra effort.

“There’s a lot at stake, it’s a great stage and it’s a case of the team which wants it more will win.”

Wigan’s attitude to work for one another has come to the fore in recent weeks, propelling them to their third successive Grand Final appearance.

And Mossop admits he couldn’t have scripted a better finish to a season in which he has gradually started to reclaim the form which earned him England World Cup honours.

“It’s worked out perfectly,” said the 26-year-old, who was restricted to just three NRL games because of shoulder injuries.

“When I decided to come back to Super League, I was weighing up which club, Wigan was in the forefront of my mind but I wanted to win things. This season has been massively frustrating.

“I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I was training hard, my body was in good nick, I was putting a lot into getting back to my best but it took a while to get the confidence back.

“I’m not yet at my best, but I’m much more confident, and we’ve one more game and we want to finish on a real high.”

Shaun Wane isn’t planning to make any changes to the squad which beat Huddersfield in the semi-final.