Hughes targets silverware with Warrington
Jack Hughes believes that a new-look Warrington are capable of winning trophies in 2016.
The Wigan-born forward made the move across Lancashire from Wigan to the Halliwell Jones stadium in the off-season, being one of eight new faces at the club.
The 24 year-old has already expressed his happiness with the move, and is already looking forward to the new season.
“It’s all good here at the minute, as I’ve settled in without any problems at all,” Hughes told Love Rugby League.
“There is a great set of lads here and as I knew a lot of the young lads already, settling in was quite easy. It’s nothing massively different to what I’m used to anyway, as its always tough this time of year, the only difference is the technical terms used but I’m slowly getting there.”
Hughes spent the 2015 season on loan at Huddersfield, in which he featured in every minute of the Giants’ Super League season as they reached the playoffs before losing to hs parent-club Wigan.
He admits that although the option was there to return to Wigan for 2016, the offer from Warrington was one he wanted to take for the sake of his career.
“That loan spell for me was just to get out and play as many games as I could,” he said.
“I ended up playing in every Super League game for Huddersfield, so I got exactly what I wanted out of last year and I ending up making a lot of new mates there too.
“Then a club close to home in Warrington came in for me, and Wigan are stocked up on backrowers so I think this is a good move for me to come here.”
Warrington have just returned from a pre-season camp in Tenerife, where they were joined by ex-Wire and Newcastle star Andrew Johns. The Australian singled Hughes out for praise from what he saw at the camp, and Hughes admits the compliment was nice, and the input from ‘Joey’ was brilliant for everyone there.
“Yeah, that’s really nice to hear from someone like him,” he said.
“He did a bit of work with the backrowers on the edge and he was just tipping us up on little things, and stuff we wouldn’t usually get told about by many others. But you know when Andrew Johns is talking to you he’s going to teach you something which will really help your game.”
Warrington will be wanting to start the new season in good form, with the hope to eradicate the inconsistent year they suffered in 2015. For Hughes, he believes that this fresh-faced Warrington team are capable of challenging on all fronts in 2016.
“We’ve spoke about 2016, and we want to win everything this year, that should be the target every year for this club” he said.
“We’ve recruited and we’ve now got a few new faces around the place. I think it’s a good balance with competition for places now, which is what a team that goes all the way and wins trophies are going to need.
“We want to be up there and be successful and we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”