Adrian Morley is keen to put a frustrating personal campaign behind him and find his best form in 2013.
With the World Cup approaching the experienced Warrington prop knows he has to consistently perform at the top of his game if he is to have a chance of selection come the end of the year.
He said: “Last year was a bit frustrating for me personally in terms of my form, injuries dictated that for me but it was a great year for the club. Injuries are behind me now so I can’t wait.”
“There was great competition in the front row last year, and I think this is the biggest squad we’ve had. We’ve lost Dave Solomona but we’ve brought some of the younger lads up.
“They’ve been in the system for a couple of years now so there won’t be a great deal of change which is good for are continuity. They will improve the squad and we need to do that because there a few a clubs that are snapping at our heels.”
Warrington have been tipped as favourites for the 2013 campaign but Morley is aware the bookies don’t have an influence when it comes down to what happens on the pitch.
“Yeah that’s right (we are favourites) but we can’t do anything about what the bookies say, we haven’t lost anyone so you would think that come these major finals we will put our hat in the ring.
Morley will turn 36 in May and he is more than familiar with a rigorous pre-season schedule, but the Salford-born prop insists there are few nerves at this time.
“I’m excited more than nervous, I can’t wait. It doesn’t seem two minutes ago that I was playing for England but the new season comes around really fast, I love the competition, I love this time of year even though it’s torture and there are some horrific sessions but I love it. When it comes to this time of year and I’m not enjoying it I’ll call it a day but I’m loving it and can’t wait.
“I’ve only been back two weeks but I’m delighted where I’m at, I’ve been put in with the boys that have been back for six weeks and I feel good, I have no injuries and I’m chomping at the bit.
The Wolves will visit Tenerife as part of their pre-season but any suggestions of a holiday were quickly dismissed.
“It sounds great going to Tenerife but we have some really hard sessions. Over here the grounds are in terrible conditions so we can get some great ball work done over there.
“There’s obviously some intense fitness sessions and hill running so it’s tough but you’d rather get slogged over there in the sun than here in the rain and drizzle so it’s tough but to spend a week in each other’s company is really fantastic and we’re very fortunate that we’re in a position where the club can afford to send us away for a week.”
Warrington’s Super League season starts when they welcome Castleford to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 3rd.