Warrington Wolves hooker Daryl Clark wants to put himself back in the reckoning for England selection for the upcoming Four Nations this year.
Clark was a member of England’s 2014 Four Nations squad, making his international debut against Samoa and playing in all three matches. But the 2014 Man of Steel missed out on selection for the series against New Zealand at the end of last year, with James Roby and Josh Hodgson preferred.
England won the series 2-1, breaking an eight-year drought for silverware. With the 2016 Four Nations on British soil,
Clark knows he must produce for the Wolves to be in with a chance of selection.
“After playing the year before I missed out last year, obviously due to a lack of form,” said Clark.
“If I can get back to playing well then stuff like that comes on the back of it. And I would love to do it.”
Clark is happy that England defeated the Kiwis but he admits to a pang of regret.
“I was disappointed not to be involved in it but it’s great for English Rugby League for them to go out and win it,” he said.
“I would have loved to be part of it. But it wasn’t meant to be, so next time round hopefully I will be.”
Clark struggled to set Super League alight at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last year in the same way he did for Castleford in the 2014 season After four years at the Jungle and nearly 100 first-team appearances, the Tigers junior joined Warrington at the end of 2014 for a fee of £185,000, managing six tries and five try-assists in his first season with the Wire.
Warrington finished sixth in the regular season and in the Super 8s, missing out on both the Challenge Cup Final and the Grand Final.
On Saturday they headed to Spain for ten days as part of their pre-season schedule. Former Warrington halfback and Rugby League Immortal Andrew Johns will join the squad’s training camp as they prepare for the new season.
“We’re going to Tenerife for ten days for a bit of warm-weather training,” Clark said.
“It’s going pretty good,” he said.
“Obviously I missed pre-season last year, so to get back into it early and have a long pre-season will benefit me and get me back to playing some good rugby.”