Wigan Warriors star Sam Powell focused on main goal

Sam Powell is not fazed by the increased competition for a place in the Wigan side.

Sunday, 16th December 2018, 5:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th December 2018, 6:53 pm
Sam Powell toured PNG with England Knights

The Grand Final-winner returned to training last week after extra time off because of his England Knights involvement.

And he rejoined a squad featuring an extra senior halfback – following the recruitment of Australian Jarrod Sammut.

Adrian Lam wanted an extra option at halfback to allow Thomas Leuluai to return to his favoured position of hooker.

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With most teams often using a bench-hooker, Powell may also revert to playing No.9 if Lam decides to give Sammut first shot at nailing down the scrum-half role.

The 26-year-old said: “I don’t mind where I play, as long as I’m in the 17 I’m happy.

“That’ll be my first goal for round one, to get picked – I don’t mind where – and then to try and be as consistent as I can be.”

Powell – Wigan’s players’ player of the year in 2016 – started last season at halfback but swapped roles with hooker Leuluai during the Super-8s.

He is keen to sponge information and ideas from new coach Lam, a former Queensland captain and champion halfback.

“Lammy has worked with some great players and I’m up for getting into his mind as much as I can,” said Powell.

“We’ve got a bit of time now before Christmas to get some work in and learn the new calls and get some combinations going.”

Meanwhile, Powell says he loved his experience as vice-captain of the Knights’ tour of Papua New Guinea.

The revived second-string side won the first match 16-12 before going down 32-22 in the second match.

He added: “I went with an open mind to learn as much as I could and I definitely did - it was a great life lesson.”