Competition for Squad NumbersWarrington Wolves' players are in competition for their squad numbers over the next couple of weeks as they play their pre-season friendlies against St. Helens on Wednesday 9th January at Wilderspool and Salford on Friday 25th January at The Willows, Salford.Speculation on squad numbers is spreading amongst the fans at Wilderspool. Which player will be rewarded with which playing number for Tetley's Super League VII? Will Lee Penny retain his beloved Number 1 jersey in his testimonial year or will Lee Briers move from Number 6 to 1, where he has been trailed in the first friendly against Widnes in the Wire FM Boxing Day Challenge.So who will be Warrington's Number Six, Lee Briers or new import Sid Domic? Sid was signed in the close season from Penrith Panthers on a two-year deal; Domic however favours the Number 13 jersey being comfortable at loose forward. If Domic receives the Number 6 jersey the question is poised will new vice-captain Dean Busby collect the Number 13, having been trialed at 13 at Widnes? Papua New Guinean international Tommy O'Reilly makes a bid for the Number 6 jersey as well after trialing that position on Boxing Day and receiving the Man of the Match for his endeavours.Competition also lingers for the Number Nine jersey, young and upcoming star Mark Gleeson who made an impact at hooker last season and played in the Widnes game at that position. However, Jon Clarke is due to take the hooking spot and Number 9 jersey for the St Helens friendly. But there is Salford to go! The Number 8 jersey is also being hotly contested by the ex-Huddersfield captain Dale Laughton and fan's favourite Mark Hilton who made a sensational return to the game this season after spending a year out. Hilton took the Number 8 jersey against Widnes and had an impressive game despite the team losing 18-12.New Club Captain Matt Rodwell is facing competition for the Number 7 jersey from young star Gary Hulse, who took over the position last season when Allan Langer departed mid-season scoring a try on his full debut against Castleford Tigers at Wilderspool.Competition is rife at Warrington but all will be revealed at the end of the trial games. What is certain is that the club's Performance Director, Steve Anderson has looked to versatile players who can turn their hand to a number of positions, creating competition within the players to maintain their fitness/skill to obtain a place in the starting line up this season.
04, Jan, 2002