Liam Farrell hopes to remind fans of his attacking capabilities after branding his display on the Test stage below-par.
As he stepped up preparations for the new Super League campaign the 25-year-old gave a candid assessment of his role in England’s 2-1 Test series triumph against New Zealand and desire to have a bigger impact when he pulls on a Wigan jersey again.
“I’ll be honest, I probably wasn’t pleased with the attack side of my game,” he said.
“Defensively I did a lot and got involved but in attack I wasn’t on par with what I do for Wigan, and it’s something I need to work on.”
Farrell started each of England’s Test matches in November in the second-row spot, and felt he should have adjusted to the flow of each game to smooth his attack.
“With England we’ve got a massive forward pack and we went down the middle a lot, and I should have recognised that and got on the back of it a bit more,” he explained.
But Farrell still entered the off season break, in which he got married, in high spirits.
England’s Test Series win helped soothe the irritation for Farrell after his candid assessment of his performances - and Wigan’s Grand Final disappointment.
And he thinks it will put England in good stead for the Four Nations this year.
“It was just pleasing because we didn’t do well with Wigan, to come away with it when there was a lot of pressure, and to win it like we did - I’m happy to come away from that,” he said.
“We need to get better and better and win the Four Nations.”
But all attention now goes towards Wigan’s preparation for the new Super League season.
A friendly against Leigh this coming Sunday marks the first action for Warriors since October’s Grand Final defeat as final preparations are put in place for the Super League opener on February 5 when Catalans Dragons visit the DW Stadium with former Wigan favourite Pat Richards in tow.
“Catalans have made good signings and if they sort their away form they can be a threat,” Farrell said.
“Pat sent me a good luck message for my wedding, I had a chant to him then, and it’s good to have him back in Super League - even if it’s not for us.”