Flower is hoping to blossom

Ben Flower
Ben Flower

BEN Flower is hoping to make his mark as Wigan step up their Grand Final bid – after admitting he’s been disappointed with how his debut season has unfolded so far.

The compact prop has won over fans with some strong performances following his recruitment from Crusaders.

But the Welshman’s campaign has been interrupted by injuries, with the 24-year-old making just 14 appearances so far – the last of those in the 38-6 win against Salford last Monday.

Flower said: “I’ve been disappointed with how it’s gone to be honest.

“When I’ve played I’ve felt I’ve done okay, but injuries have set me back.

“Being my first year, I wanted to set a stamp down, but for me it’s been on and off all season.

“It’s been disappointing in that way. But there’s plenty of time left and I hope to get better and better from here on in.”

Wigan, who have this weekend off owing to the Challenge Cup Final, can clinch the league leaders’ shield if they win at Hull KR on Sunday week.

“All the games, from here until however far we go, will be tough,” said Flower. “It’s body on the line kind of stuff, and it’s exciting.”

Paul Prescott’s loss to a knee injury has been offset by the return of Stuart Fielden to full fitness after a lengthy lay-off.

Flower added: “I hope I get the chance to play alongside Stu, he’s a man-mountain, a good bloke and he has a great work ethic.”