New Warrington coach Steve Price has been impressed by former Super League Man of Steel, Daryl Clark, in pre-season.
Clark, 24, is entering his fourth season with the Wolves and could be set to make a return to the days of playing 80 minutes week in week out, which was how he made a name for himself at hometown club Castleford.
Having missed out on England selection for the World Cup, he will be looking to play his way into contention for the test series against New Zealand, as well as lead Warrington to silverware.
Price said: “I’ve been really pleased with the playing group, but I’ve been impressed with Daryl and the way he’s progressed in pre-season and how he’s carried himself.
“I’d like to think we would (have fire in his belly after missing out at the World Cup), but the way he’s training he’s certainly displaying those attributes he has been known for.
“Overall I’m really pleased with all the players and how they’ve come through.”
Clark has racked up 88 appearances for Warrington, another seven will take him past his tally of 94 for Castleford.
He has found tries harder to come by at the Wolves, crossing the whitewash just 19 times compared to 37 while at the Tigers.
Warrington open the season on Thursday night when they host champions Leeds in Price’s first game as a Super League coach.
Price added: “I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to it. As a football club, you want to challenge yourself against the best.”