Salford Red Devils captain Lee Mossop is confident going into the new 2021 Betfred Super League season and has been impressed with what new head coach Richard Marshall has brought to the squad.
The Red Devils face a tough test against back-to-back reigning champions St Helens but go in off the back of a great pre-season following big changes at the AJ Bell Stadium over the winter.
And following the recent friendly win over Wigan Warriors, Mossop was full of praise for the new head coach in his work both on the training field and in his player dealings as well.
Mossop said: “If I am being really honest, this is probably the best squad we’ve had.
“You look at our outside backs, there are some pretty impressive players who will miss out this week just because of the competition in that position.
“I think we’ve got a really good balance this year with our squad and hopefully if we can keep people fit then we should go decent.
“I’ve been lucky enough this pre-season that I’ve done more wrestling contact than I ever have in the last five/six years so I just can’t wait to start.”
With the Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, this season is a big one for the Red Devils’ captain, as he looks to force himself back into the England squad, having been part of the team that finished third on home soil back in 2013.
“I played in the 2013 World Cup, that was probably my best season as a player, won the double with Wigan, signed an NRL contract, played in the World Cup and I had a pretty swift fall from grace” Mossop said.
“I had horrible shoulder injuries and I went from the top to the very bottom and I struggled for form for a few years.
“I feel in the last couple of seasons, I think I am playing better than when I was picked in 2013.
“I am getting to the back end of my career. I want nothing more than to get back into that international set-up and hopefully I can push for that this year.”
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Written by: Will Dickson