New Wakefield Trinity halfback Mason Lino insists his focus is on ensuring the club enjoys a successful season, rather than a return to the NRL.
The Samoa international is the club’s marquee signing heading into the campaign, tasked with steering the team around the park this year.
Wakefield were badly lacking organisation in their attack last year, with Lino now to be put in charge of the side.
It’s a big responsibility for the 26-year-old, who has played just 34 NRL games. But he’s excited for the challenge ahead.
“The attraction was that I’ve been looking for an opportunity to establish myself and play regular first grade,” he said.
“I want to put my best foot forward and play regular games. Last year I was in and out, I only played two or three games, so the whole year you’re going through a pre-season, especially with how last year turned out.”
He continued: “One of the big chats I had with Chezzy (Chris Chester) before coming was taking control of the team. Milky (Jacob Miller) is a running five-eighth and he needed a halfback to control the game and hopefully I can bring that to the team. I like that sort of role, I like running when I can as well, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do both.”
Naturally, impressive performances would catch the eye of NRL suitors, as well as Samoa selectors ahead of the World Cup, although Lino insists that’s at the back of his mind.
“I’ll be making sure I make a name for myself in Super League first. Hopefully I can make a name for myself and see where that helps Wakefield this year.
“With Samoa, if I get asked I’ll put my hand up, but I want to put all my focus into Wakefield.”
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