Farrell - I deserved to be axed

LIAM Farrell is determined to squeeze back into the first-team frame as Wigan charge towards the business end of the campaign.

The 21-year-old made a return to front-line action on Wednesday night following three weeks out of the team.

He scored a vital second-half try which helped the champions come from behind and claim a 26-16 win, which put them on top of the Super League ladder.

And he hopes he can now re-establish himself as a regular member of the senior side.

Farrell said: “I had a decent start to the season but I got a bit sloppy halfway through.

“I deserved to be dropped, I’ll not deny that, and I’m going to try my hardest to get back in.

“It is a tough position because there are so many good players competing for positions, but I’m going to try my best.

“I’m still working on things to try and get better. I can’t just go off one game back, I’m trying my hardest to get back in regularly.”

Farrell was one of the success stories of Wigan’s Championship-winning 2010.

After debuting at Easter he went on to make 23 appearances in the top side, including the Grand Final triumph against St Helens.

He was a regular face in the side earlier this year, making 16 appearances until being dropped after the 22-22 draw at Castleford.

His bid to reclaim his place was hampered by a break in the Under-20s fixtures to accommodate an expanded, five-week long 9s tournament, of which he played in one stage in Whitehaven a week ago.

But Andy Coley’s one-game suspension earned Farrell a chance in the second-row for the midweek, rearranged clash against the Tigers.

And the academy-product played his part in the hard-fought win.

“I’ve not played for a few weeks and so it was a bit of a surprise to be starting, but I was glad,” he said.

“I did 65 minutes and I was blowing towards the end but it was great to get a run out.”