WITH competition for places in Warriors’ pack looking fierce for next season, youngster Joe Bretherton has already impressed his rivals, including Lee Mossop.
Bretherton, one of five youngsters promoted from the academy for the 2016 season, comes into an environment already rich in forwards.
Waney has proven time and time before that if a young lad comes in, no matter how young you are – if you’re playing well then you’ll be selected – so he’s got a great opportunityLee Mossop
The 20-year-old, who has been training with the senior squad since halfway through last season, will now be pushing the likes of Dom Crosby, Ben Flower, Tony Clubb, Taulima Tautai, Willie Isa, Greg Burke, Ryan Sutton and
Lee Mossop for a place in the team.
And ex-Parramatta Eels prop Mossop says Bretherton is capable of earning a selection from Shaun Wane if he takes the opportunity handed to him.
“Brevvy will be expected to do a bit this year, he trained with us for the last half of last season so it’s not like he’s a new bloke coming in now with any excuses of being quiet,” explained Mossop.
“He’s done his six months and he’ll get a full pre-season with us.
“Waney has proven time and time before that if a young lad comes in, no matter how young you are – if you’re playing well then you’ll be selected – so he’s got a great opportunity. “
But it isn’t just St Patrick’s product Bretherton who will need to earn his place according to Mossop.
The embarrassment of riches Wane has at his disposal in the pack means big names will miss out when the match day 17 is selected throughout next season, but Mossop says the situation will be beneficial to the team.
“I think I’ve said it loads of times before but it’s what you need,” said the 26-year-old.
“We play four, sometimes five props and if that’s the only amount of props you’ve got to pick from, then it’s easy to get complacent. I think it showed last year that Waney isn’t scared to drop anyone, we had five or six going for those four positions and it tends to get the best out of you.”
Wane demonstrated his willingness to leave people out when Sutton and Tautai missed out on Grand Final selection last October. And as well as Bretherton’s inclusion in the first team squad, Greg Burke’s return from a loan to Hull KR strengthens competition for places further.
“Greg has had a year away and has been outstanding, Waney has brought him back and he’s expecting big things from him this year so he’s only going to make the competition even harder,” said Mossop.