Vinnie fancies full-back job
Vinnie Anderson admits he would relish the chance to try his hand at full-back in Warrington's Challenge Cup quarter-final at Bradford.
Last Updated: 27/05/10 11:11am
Vinnie Anderson admits he would relish the chance to try his hand at full-back in Warrington's Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final at Bradford on Sunday.
The former New Zealand international has proved his versatility for the Wolves by performing in every position for the club except full-back.
A back-rower by trade, Anderson has filled in along the back-line and has even seen service as a hooker in recent weeks due to injuries within the squad.
"That was a bit of a surprise," the 31-year-old Kiwi said of his stint at hooker.
"I'm fortunate that Jimmy Lowes is on the coaching staff and he was a great hooker so I've been able to pick his brains a bit."
He is now hoping to complete his set by taking the full-back jersey, although admits he does not expect coach Tony Smith to give him the chance.
"I've had to fill in in different positions this year but it's fine, anything to help out the team," he continued. "All the guys feel like that. It's a challenge but we like it.
"It's good to be multi-skilled. In fact, full-back is the only position I haven't played. I've started matches in every other position.
"A lot of positions are not too different to each other. It's a challenge to move around the field - it keeps the game exciting.
"Probably anywhere in the back row is my preference but I wouldn't mind getting a stint at full-back just so I can say I've played there but I don't think that's going to happen."
After missing out completely in Warrington's 60-4 rout of Huddersfield in the last round, Anderson will settle for simply being in the match-day 17 for Sunday's last-eight tie at Odsal.
Indeed, with Warrington attempting to defend the trophy they won last year, Anderson admits the squad are all desperate to feature in the competition.
"Obviously the Challenge Cup is a pretty exciting competition," he added. "You get a bit nervous knowing it's all on the line this weekend.
"Everyone has had a little taste of what it's like to win a trophy and hopefully we can keep improving as the season goes on and we can compete for more silverware.
"It's been a big goal of ours to be more consistent this year. We looked at being more competitive in all areas of the game, doing the little things right.
"It will be a tough challenge against Bradford. They're a great outfit and they'll have a couple of key players back which will really help them out.
"We're obviously playing them away and Odsal is intimidating stadium to play at."
New deal for Solomona
Meanwhile, the Wolves have revealed that back row forward David Solomona has been given a contract for 2011 after proving his fitness.
The 32-year-old former Wakefield player arrived at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last September on an initial 12-month deal after an injury-hit season with Bradford during which he managed only four appearances.
However, the former Kiwi international has missed only one match so far for his new club and now has agreed a contract extension that will see him through until the end of next season.
"He's had a strong year so far and is getting fitter all the time, having played in just about every game so far," stated Wolves supremo Smith.
"His form has been very good and he is such an exciting player to watch, adding a lot to us."