Wigan Warriors second rower Liam Farrell says he is feeling the benefit of having an extended break before returning to preseason training.
The 25 year-old played in all three games of England’s Test Series against New Zealand in November and was given extra time off before starting preseason training with the Warriors, along with Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman, Matty Smith and George Williams who also represented England in the Autumn series.
Farrell told the Warriors’ website: “We’ve done quite a bit but not as much as the lads that have been in for six weeks.
“We got six or seven weeks off which is a lot more than last year when we had three. They (the coaching staff) had us in a couple of times over Christmas but other than that they’ve been really good with us, we missed out on a couple sessions but I’m sure they’re going to flog us when they need to.”
Last year’s beaten Grand Finalists face a difficult start to the season in 2016, with home games against Catalans Dragons, Salford Red Devils and a trip to face Huddersfield in Super League, along with the World Club Series clash with Brisbane Broncos all next month.
Farrell added: “We had more (players in the England squad) than any other team in Super League this year so we’ve got to make sure we find a way to start well because we’ve not been able to do that this past few years.”
In fact the Warriors have only won their opening Super League game of the season once since 2011, and in 2015 managed just three points from their opening four games, which Farrell thinks cost them dearly: “We need to make sure we find a way of starting pretty well because we’ve not done that for the last few years.
“However that is, we’re going to have to – if we’d have had that (solution) last year I think we’d have probably won the league,” he added via Wigantoday.net.
Wigan’s first game of the new season is against Catalans on Friday 5th February.