Morley: Like A Spring Chicken
*Captain's role: Morley pictured with Bennie Westwood after last weekend's Testimonial match. Photo courtesy of Bob Brough
Warrington Wolves will open their 2013 season at home this Sunday afternoon when Castleford are the visitors to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Captain Adrian Morley says: "This will be a tricky game, Castleford are somewhat of an unknown quantity at the moment with some of the signings they have brought in. As the saying goes, there are no easy games in Super League and you can bet that Tigers will come at us all guns blazing."
This week, as we look forward to a new Super League campaign, the Wolves' captain reflects on last season and lets us into his thoughts on pre-season and the year ahead for the Wolves and the sport.
"We got some really good stuff done over in Tenerife pre-season and the boys are feeling great and fit. It was invaluable to us. I thought the Bennie Westwood game was good at the weekend and there were a lot of pleasing aspects so we can't wait for Sunday now.
"We've changed no playing personnel this season and have given the young lads a chance to train full time with us. There's been no big changes which is great for the continuity and stability of the side. We were up there competing for the trophies last year and we are hoping to do likewise this year."
Adrian has experienced a number of season openers throughout his career but still gets that buzz and excitement ahead of a new campaign.
"I probably make the most of it more now than I ever used to because I don't know how many I've got left in me! I'm excited and running round like a spring chicken (laughs) with the boys. I'm really excited, not only about Super League but the fact that there is a World Cup on in the UK is great and I can't wait.
"Everyone wants to play for their country especially in the World Cup and on home soil too. I think England, at the moment, are quite blessed with a number of players in a number of positions all vying for the same spots. I think we'll see a lot of rivalry this year which is what you want for a good competition."
And on the year ahead for the Wolves and the game of Rugby League.
"You can't rest on your laurels at Warrington, we are quite lucky that we have a big squad and there are young lads snapping at our heels which is what you want for a successful team; competition for places.
"Personally I was disappointed with my performance last year, injuries played a factor in my form, so I just want to get back playing the way know I can. As a team we had a fantastic year last year but to go one better would be nice.
"We've got an incredible product. It's the second most watched sport on Sky. If we can get more people watching it, we'll attract more sponsors and get a bit more money in the game which I think it deserves. It's a really exciting year so fingers crossed it will be an successful one."
Match tickets for the home opener this Sunday 3rd February 3pm are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on the ticket hotline 08448 11 11 76.
There is also still time to secure your spot in the stands and on the terraces for the year with a 2013 Season Ticket. Buy yours today in WolfWare, Online and on the ticket hotline.
30, Jan, 2013