THE versatility of Stephen Wild will prove the key to his Great Britain selection.
That was the message from Lions coach Tony Smith as the Giants star battles to earn a spot in this autumn’s Gillette Fusion Test series against New Zealand.
Wild became the first Huddersfield player since Ken Loxton in 1971 to earn a Great Britain cap when he played in the one-off Test against France at Headingley in June.
Although the former Wigan ace played loose-forward for the Giants in Super League XII, he was at centre against the French.
And Smith admits the fact Wild can play in more than one position could work to his advantage.
“We are strong in the back row, where Stephen normally plays,” said Smith.
“But I would have no hesitation in playing him at centre, where I thought he played really well for us against France earlier this year.
“That shows just how versatile he is, and this versatility is his strength. He’s shown he can handle numerous
positions, and I like that.
“David Hodgson (the new Giants signing from Salford) can also play several positions.
“He’s a proven winger, and that’s why he played for us there against France.
“But I know both he and Stephen would do a great job for their country.”