Powell eager to bounce back

11 December 2017 20:40:08 GMTPlus11

Wigan Warriors half-back Sam Powell admits he is desperate to produce a better showing next year, following a disappointing showing by his own standards in 2017.

Powell broke into the Wigan team in 2016 and was tipped as a future England international.

But the Academy product found it difficult to maintain his form during the following campaign, and is now eager to put things right during the next 12 months.

"For me personally, I wasn't happy with how I played. The previous year was good for me, but last season as a whole was disappointing, and I want to make sure I improve in the off-season and go into the new year flying," said Powell, who says there's been a more intense atmosphere within the club so far during training.

"I have noticed changes in the intensity in training so far in the last month or so. We have spoken about the culture and, I think in a lot of areas things have definitely gone up. I hope that's how it stays."

Wigan finished the 2017 season without a trophy, having finished outside of the top four and losing to Hull FC in the Challenge Cup Final.

The previous year was good for me, but last season as a whole was disappointing, and I want to make sure I improve in the off-season and go into the new year flying.

Sam Powell

And Powell says the Warriors will draw motivation from the disappointment.

"It's really not hard to motivate yourself in training because we pride ourselves on winning - and that's the motivation," the half-back added.

"It was a disappointing year for us to finish the season without a trophy."

Wigan, who are 4.50 to win the Grand Final in 2018, travel to face Salford Red Devils in their first Super League fixture on Friday 2nd February and are 1.25 to come out on top.

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