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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 16 Feb 2008 09:42:00 GMT
Wigan five eighth Trent Barrett is hopeful his second season in the UK will result in winning the premiership that eluded him in the NRL.

With the Warriors getting off to a double decker winning start in Super League XIII after defeating the Harlequins last Saturday and then Castleford yesterday, the early indicators are that it's not delusional to believe this is quite possible.

Kicking a second half field goal during the Warriors 47-28 win over Harlequins, Barrett said: "we won away at London which we haven’t done for a few years so that was pleasing.”

The former Dragons icon then set his sights on a Wigan victory in their Super League XIII home opener against recently promoted Castleford.

Beating the winless Tigers 28-16 at JJB Stadium for the first time in 2008 on Friday night, Barrett did an incredible job putting the underdogs to the sword care of his towering kicks while setting up two tries for halfback Thomas Leulai with his lethal passing.


Then again should we really be surprised by these performance given the many past achievements taking up space on his football CV? Hardly.

Trent picked up many personal accolades last year including the Players Player of the Year Award, voted by his fellow professionals, and the 2007 Rugby League Writers Player of the Year.

He was also named in the Super League XII Dream Team and the World XIII team as well as being Wigan’s top try scorer with 18 in Super League.

On his personal goals for this year, Trent said:

“I’m not really one for personal goals, well big ones as such, to play in every game is one goal I’ve got and you know your form tends to coincide with that so you know if I can get a good run of games without injuries my form should be ok.”

The New South Wales Blues star has one more year left on his contract at Wigan after 2008 and to him, “home will be always Australia.”

“I’ve got two more years here in Wigan and I’m certainly looking forward to enjoyin’ em and maybe a bit longer, we’ll wait and see.”

The 2000 Dally M Medal winner has not given up on a return to Australia at some point but is doubtful of representing NSW or Australia again.

“I think that’s probably past me now. I think I’d still be able to play if they pick me but I think there is a bit of a policy that they don’t pick overseas players and that’s fine with me and you can understand that.”

“[There are] plenty of good young players in the NRL but certainly if you were given another chance it would be great.”

Trent had a few words of advice for developing young footy stars: “train hard and enjoy your footy. You still gotta enjoy it and it does take a lot of hard work. There’s a lot of talented players around [and] you gotta be very dedicated so that’s the main thing.”



Barrett highlighted his love for league, saying: “It’s a great job, it’s a dream job and I’d much rather be doing this than anything else.”

Barrett scored the last try for Australia in the last World Cup Final when Australia defeated New Zealand 40-12 at Old Trafford.

Yet he's accepted that he will be overlooked in order to allow NRL talent like Darren Lockyer and Greg Inglis to take up the five eighth role in this year’s World Cup.

Trent though hasn’t given up a return to his homeland after his stint with the Warriors.

Certainly Wigan and Super League do not want to see the departure of such a talent that plans to end the Warriors’ recent quest for silverware in 2008. - Read More, Here