MICHAEL LAWRENCE has set his sights on becoming a top-class second-row forward.
The 21-year-old produced a quality debut in the pack during the 40-12 Super League triumph over Crusaders and is set to retain his place in the back row for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (8.00).
The former Newsome Panther has made a name for himself as a centre and has earned a call-up to the England Knights squad on the back of his performances in the backs.
But Lawrence is ready to make the forward switch permanent and believes it could hold the key to an even more successful career.
“As soon as Nathan Brown arrived here (just under three years ago) he told me I’d end up playing in the second row,” said Lawrence, who made his Super League debut at Warrington four years ago.
“He said I’d always be a good centre, but he felt I’d got all the attributes to be a great second-row forward.
“I’m confident that’s what I can be, and even more so after the way I went in the position for the first time last weekend.
“I felt really comfortable there, and I think my qualities will suit the position down to the ground.
“I’m fit, I can play the full 80 minutes, my defence is good and I can carry the ball strongly on attack. That’s why Browny thinks this is the role for me.”