Catalans Dragons half-back Richie Myler calmed talk from his coach of a potential England call-up – but admitted the move to Perpignan has done wonders for his career.
Laurent Frayssinous said in the aftermath of their 40-0 win at Hull KR that with Myler’s impressive form, “I hope that a few English selectors will start to notice that (too).”
Myler told League Express that international honours are at the back of his mind for now though – with his sole focus his new club.
“It’s a long, long way away is that,” he said, referring to England.
“There’s some quality players in contention for those roles with England as we all know and I’m just going to focus on my job for Catalans.
“If I keep performing, who knows – we just need to keep performing as a team and I need to play my part in that.”
Myler admitted that he felt his career needed the change from former club Warrington, and says that an enjoyable new life in France is helping him to produce his best form.
“I’m just really enjoying my role in the team and I’m really enjoying playing rugby again,” he said.
“It’s a nice part of the world to live in, I’m enjoying life and I think that’s starting to be reflected in the way I’m playing.
“Sometimes a fresh start is good for everyone, for all parties. What it’s done for me is help me to enjoy my game again; I think it was time for me to move on and take on a new challenge, and it’s one I’m relishing and loving.”
A fifth successive win in the league has left some suggesting the Dragons are finally realistic title contenders – and although Myler admits he’s delighted with the way his side are performing, it is way too early to be discussing potential title tilts just yet.
“At the moment we’ve managed to sort this away form issue out, which is great. We’re building all the time and I think we’ve found a way we like to play. Everyone knows their role in the team and they’re all delivering which produces those kinds of results.
“Look, we know we’re a good side and we can play, and if we stick to our principles we’ll be alright.
“There’s such a long way to go, it’s far too early for talk like that – we aren’t getting carried away.”