Mossop proving a prop idol

LEE Mossop has been hailed for making an unqualified success of his front-row switch – and been tipped to get even better.

Michael Maguire believes the towering Cumbrian has been one of the unsung heroes of Wigan’s first-half of the Super League campaign.

Mossop missed out on the club’s Grand Final assault last year with a shoulder injury.

But he has come back strong this season and thrived since moving from the second-row to prop.

Maguire said: “Lee has really turned the corner for us. He’s been leading from the front and done a great job. When we decided to move him to prop, I was always confident he would make a good go of it and he’s definitely done that.

“When you consider the size of him, his work-rate and his leg speed when he gets the ball, he’s got the qualities to be a very good front-rower.”

Mossop is only 22 and Maguire reckons he’ll get better as he learns the finer points to life at the coal-face of rugby league.

“I’ve been really impressed with him and the good thing is there’s still a lot of improvement in him,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing him getting better, not just this season but in the years to come.

“I think front-rowers get better with age, they mature and learn the game.

“Lee’s come on in the last couple of months, he’s getting better and better, and that’s down to the hard work he’s been doing in the background.”

The Warriors have played 13 games of the 27-round competition and can leapfrog Warrington and Huddersfield into top spot if results go their way this weekend. They are locked on 20 points with the Wolves and Giants, who face tricky fixtures against resurgent Leeds and Hull FC respectively in Sky-televised clashes, before Wigan’s next test – at home to Hull KR next Monday (6.30pm kick-off).

l WIGAN’S away game against St Helens on Friday, June 17 has been selected to be broadcast by Sky Sports.

And that means the Warriors will be screened four times in the space of 20 days, with ties against Huddersfield (June 25), Leeds (July 1) and Castleford (July 6) also being televised live.

The game at Headingley will be shown on Sky 3D.