CONNOR Farrell is hoping his versatility will get him more game time in 2016.
A second rower by trade, Farrell can play anywhere in the pack, and may need to be willing to switch positions to fit into Shaun Wane’s side.
There were days you think’ Why am I training?’ But Lewis (Tierney) and I did a lot of training on our own, and hopefully it pays off this yearConnor Farrell
Warriors have four England back rowers in Farrell’s older brother Liam, Lee Mossop, Joel Tomkins and John Bateman, but 22-year-old Farrell is not letting the pedigree of his stablemates deter him from pushing for his place.
“Yeah, it’s hard, but I’m versatile and Waney always said I can play anywhere in the forwards and have a dig,” he said.
“I’ve even done bits at hooker, but not much. All professional rugby league players should be able to go behind a play the ball and pass it, if we can’t we shouldn’t be getting paid!”
Farrell managed seven appearances last season, but saw no action for Wigan between the Magic Weekend defeat of Leeds last May and the 30-24 win over Hull FC in September, his last game to date.
And with no dual-registration to keep fringe players too old for the under-19s in action following the Super 8s split last season, Farrell admits to being frustrated with being left out in the cold.
“It was frustrating being left in limbo,” he admitted.
“There were days you think’ Why am I training?’ But Lewis (Tierney) and I did a lot of training on our own, and hopefully it pays off this year.”
Warriors are one of a handful of teams, along with St Helens, Warrington and Hull FC to enter a reserve team competition next season to give fringe players too old for the under-19s much-needed game time.
And while Farrell thinks the move will help those left on the sidelines, especially when the Super 8s split means dual-registered players must either stay in the lower leagues or wait for a chance with Wigan, he wants to be a fixture in the first team.
“Hopefully (the introduction of a) reserves competition changes that, but I want to be pushing for first-team more this year,” he explained.
“Last year I was trying to get more games and I got eight or nine, Waney said I have to earn his respect and I think I did that. I just want to push on and play more and I’ve trained hard.”