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Stelling under no illusion of long road back to first-team

Aaron Wise 9th Nov, 2016

CENTRE Max Stelling insists he is under no illusion on how much work he has to do to regain his place in Warriors’ first team.

The Birmingham-born player admitted he struggled for form last season in which he featured in just five of Warriors’ European Challenge Cup games.

However, Stelling is hoping his current consistency can give head coach Carl Hogg a headache when it comes to selection at centre.

The 22-year-old also admitted, despite scoring a brace of tries in Warriors’ win over Bristol in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday, he just was just happy to be on the pitch.

“It’s good to be back playing regular rugby again. It was great to get the two tries but I’m just happy to get another 80 minutes under my belt,” said Stelling.

“Last season wasn’t great for me. I came back from a hamstring injury and struggled for form.

“Once you get into that hole, it’s hard to get out of it. There were quality players ahead of me at that time too.

“It was what it was, but so far this season I’ve been given more opportunities and things are going really well.

“I just need to keep being consistent and carry and tackle hard to get back into the first team. I’m under no illusion on how much work I’ve got to do.

“Wynand Oliver and Ben Te’o are ahead of me right now. I’ll keep working hard to get better and when I get an opportunity, whether it be through injury or form, I’ll put my game out on the pitch.”

Warriors travel to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Sunday (3pm) to tackle Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

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