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LEE Mossop has revealed his hope for the New Year ... a tattoo!

Several of his Grand Final-winning team-mates have been inked to mark their Super League title triumph.

Mossop played his part in Warriors’ successful campaign, making 18 first-team appearances.

But a shoulder injury cut short his campaign, and he missed out on their charge through the play-offs as well as the Old Trafford final against St Helens on October 2.

Although he certainly played his part in a successful season that saw Wigan lead the table from the start, missing out on the Grand Final victory was a tough pill to swallow.

And so when his team-mates decided to have their championship triumph etched on their bodies, he politely declined.

The towering Cumbrian revealed: “After the Grand Final, a few of the boys went for tattoos but I didn’t feel like I could have one.

“I played 18 games last season, which is more than half the season, but it still wouldn’t have felt right.

“I remember watching the final at Old Trafford and as pleased as I was for the lads, I was gutted not to play my part. I just wanted to be out there, playing.

“Hopefully that’ll make me stronger next season. I’ve got to try and make sure I don’t miss out. I know injuries are part of the game and a lot of it is luck. But we’ve got a lot of players here all fighting for positions and I’d hate to miss out on a final again.”

To improve his chances, Mossop worked throughout his off-season break to make sure he was fully recovered from his shoulder problem for the start of pre-season training.

And he even underlined his commitment to the cause by hitting the gym during a week-long holiday.

“Everyone had six weeks off at the end of the season but I was straight in, making sure my rehab went okay so I’d be ready for the start of pre-season,” he added.

“I didn’t really have an off-season. I had a week in Cyprus with my girlfriend but even then I found a gym and did my training. I needed my fix! Eamon (O’Carroll) and Deacs (Paul Deacon) went at the same time so I did my training with Eamon.

“He was doing rehab as well, it’s tedious work at times but it’s got to be done.

“I wanted to give myself the best chance of getting in the side, because we’ve got the World Club Challenge early on in the season (February 27) and I’m determined to play.”

Mossop has already indicated his willingness to alternate between prop and second-row in 2011.

“I’ve said all along I’m happy as long as I’m in the team,” added the 21-year-old, who has bulked up 6kg in the off-season.