Richards up for a challenge

Pat Richards
Pat Richards

PAT Richards is hoping hours on the training field will help smooth the transition following George Carmont’s exit.

Shaun Wane revealed earlier this week that Jack Hughes and Iain Thornley will both be given a chance to stake claims for the role next season.

And with Anthony Gelling also able to play centre, it means winger Richards may not know the identity of his permanent centre until well into the next campaign.

After five seasons playing alongside Carmont, who returned to New Zealand at the end of last season, the former Man of Steel admits it will be a challenge to strike-up a new, equally successful left-side partnership – but one he is ready to grasp.

He said: “There are a few options for Waney to look at, they’re all capable players and so it’ll come down to how they apply themselves.

“They’ve all got their own styles. Jack had a good stint there earlier in the year and played well at the end of the season, and Gells and Iain have shown their quality too.

“I suppose when you’ve played with someone for so long, you come accustomed to each other – that’s how it felt with George.

“I kind of knew what he was going to do and he was the same with me. So it’s something we’ll work on.

“I’ll work with all the guys and look at developing combinations, but that’s exciting, and something I’m looking forward to.

“There’s certainly a massive gap to fill, George was unbelievable for us. But all the other guys will bring something new to the team.”

Richards – at 30 the oldest player in the squad – is currently sporting a handlebar ‘tache in support of Mo-vember.

“My missus hates it but it’s all good fun and for a good cause,” he said.