Charnley sets sights on huge 2014 targets

Josh Charnley scoring in last season's Grand Final
Josh Charnley scoring in last season's Grand Final

DESPITE missing-out on Warriors’ training camp in Florida, Josh Charnley is plotting another electric campaign in 2014.

The rocket-fuelled winger is at home after pulling out of the trip at the 11th-hour with a slight stomach strain, but is refusing to let missing out on the squad’s annual pre-season tune-up thwart his ambition to rule the try-scoring charts.

Charnley is ready to tackle his toughest challenge head-on - attempting to top last season’s incredible success.

The 22-year-old scorched over for 43 tries in his 33 Wigan appearances last season on their way to an historic Challenge Cup and Grand Final double.

He has made no promises of bettering that scoring-rate, but has issued one guarantee - he will be giving his all.

Asked could he better last season’s tally, he said: “Possibly. I’ve just got to give it my all - I’m looking forward to trying to.

“As a team, we won the double and we’ve got high expectations about what we can achieve this year as well.”

Charnley carried last season’s domestic form into the World Cup, becoming only one of three players to score tries against Australia during the tournament and bagging two tries in a quarter-final victory over France.

But after suffering an agonising defeat in the semi-final to New Zealand - his first loss of three trips to Wembley - the academy-produce escaped the misery and flew to Dubai, where he acted as a water-carrier for the star-studded Joining Jack legends team.

“It was a good experience, and good to get away from the disappointment of the New Zealand game,” he added. “I was running water with Martin Offiah, and it was a bit surreal, because I used to watch players like Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell as a fan, and all of a sudden I was in the squad with them and they were making me feel really welcome.

“It was good - hopefully it’s something I’d like to do it again.”

Taking Charney’s place on the Florida trip is 19-year-old utility back Joe Burgess.