Warrior Tuson ready for battle

WARRIORS JOY: Chris Tuson with team-mate Joel Tomkins after beating Salford on Sunday
WARRIORS JOY: Chris Tuson with team-mate Joel Tomkins after beating Salford on Sunday

A Leyland rugby star is expecting the silverware to keep coming after being part of Wigan Warriors’ Super League winning campaign last season.

Second-row Chris Tuson, 20, made 15 appearances for the Warriors, helping them to the league title, but just missed out on a place in the Grand Final squad.

Now, with the new season just weeks away, and after being in the squad for their pre-season 30-24 friendly victory against Salford on Sunday, Tuson wants his name to be a regular on the teamsheet.

He said: “I want to be playing every week.

“And even though I may not be first choice, this season, I have to play well so I can take my chance.

“I have signed a three-year deal with the club, which gives me a bit of security and I am here to stay.

“Last season, I set myself a target of 10 games, which I beat.

“But I don’t want to do it this season, because I want to focus on doing my job.

“If I am playing well, then it will be more difficult for the coach to drop me.”

Tuson has enjoyed pre-season training, and cannot believe that a new campaign is around the corner.

He said: “The game on Sunday was just to improve our sharpness, and gave a couple of the other players some game time.

“We want to carry on where we left off last year, with a professional attitude to our preparations – that is why we won the league.

“We are not going to change anything and we want to win the league and the Challenge Cup this year.”

Tuson has come a long way since he was playing for Leyland Warriors and Bamber Bridge in the North West Counties League.

The forward says South Ribble is an area rich with rugby talent, a statement backed up by former Leyland Warriors player Johnny Walker also being in the Wigan squad.

Tuson said: “I grew up with Johnny, and we have been travelling to games since we started with Leyland at the age of six.

“It is great to see so many players from Leyland and Chorley playing Super League, as football is predominantly the main sport in the area.

“There is lot of potential there, and perhaps more of the scouts should watch our matches.”