UNSUNG hero Dom Crosby has vowed to cling on to his spot after a strong run of form thrust him into the starting line-up.
Shaun Wane rewarded him for a powerful display against St Helens by promoting him from the bench for their last two games, against London and Catalan.
With so much competition for places, the 23-year-old knows he can not afford to let complacency creep into his displays as he tries to stamp his authority on Super League defences.
He said: “It’s massive for me to start the game.
“I was coming off the bench quite a bit, but Waney has put faith in me and I want to repay him.”
In total, academy-product Crosby has figured 18 times this season, 12 of those from the bench.
“Last year I played 20-odd games and played in a Grand Final but I wasn’t really satisfied with how I was going,” said Crosby, who debuted in 2012.
“This year I really wanted to have a presence and get a starting spot, and I feel I’m getting there. It’s a stepping stone but hopefully I can be a starting prop week in, week out.”
He has a further chance to tighten his grip on a first-team spot over next few weeks with two senior front-rowers absent. Eddy Pettybourne has been sidelined by a broken jaw and Gil Dudson has two games to run on a suspension for a dangerous tackle against London
Scott Taylor, Ben Flower, Jordan James and Ryan Sutton remain in the mix, while Tony Clubb can also play in the front-row.
“Dom has been great for us,” said Wane.“Against Catalan he took a carry, got belted by Elima, then he took the next carry – sprinted into him – and got belted again.
“It takes character to do that, but it showed his toughness.
“I’ve been really impressed with all of my middles recently, and Dom’s definitely a big part of that.
“And the best thing is, he’s four years off being his best.”