23rd Sep, 2019

Adams: I don't want to be a benchwarmer

Aaron Wise 6th Sep, 2017

WELSH winger Josh Adams insists representing his country is at the back of his mind as he looks to cement his place in Warriors’ first-team.

The 22-year-old burst onto the scene last season for the Sixways side after making his Premiership debut against Bath in September, 2016.

But despite signing a first-team contract less than two months later and going on to score six tries in 16 outings, the Wales under-20s winger started on the bench for ten of those appearances – something he is desperate to rectify.

“Selection for Wales is not on my mind at the moment. I’m focusing purely on Warriors. No one can say they are a confirmed starter as there’s so much competition throughout the whole squad,” said Adams.

“I haven’t been ecstatic with how I’ve played so far as I’ve made a few mistakes, but not everyone has the perfect game. From the first pre-season game against Hartpury to now though, I think I’ve improved. That’s all you can do.

“Scoring tries is always nice, but personally for me, I want to start a bit more this season. Last year was my breakthrough. I started on the bench but eventually got a few starts towards the end of the campaign.

“The challenge now is to cement my place each week in that starting 15, but the talent in the squad is unbelievable. There are some younger guys that need the opportunity, and with the systems we play, it will give them a license to do so.

“I’m excited to see what they can do, but for me it’s about making a claim in these first round of games to hopefully stand me in good stead for the rest of the season,” he added.

 

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