BEN Harrison is confident a tough conclusion to the Super League season will benefit Warrington Wolves come the play-offs.
Wolves with trips to St Helens and Wigan Warriors in a run that sees them face the rest of the top seven in their final six games.
But Harrison believes facing likely play-off opponents will provide the perfect test for Wolves in their hunt for silverware.
“The fact it’s harder teams will help us prepare even better leading up to the play-offs,” said the 26-year-old.
“You’re going to be playing the best teams then anyway so we want to be challenged and tested to perform to the highest level we can, so we know we’re on the ball for the final games.”
However, the forward insists talk of potential Grand Final and Challenge Cup success is kept to a minimum among his teammates.
“It is the business end of the season and realistically we are looking for trophies and silverware,” he added.
“People generally don’t want to jinx it, we keep half an eye but week-to-week every game is important, especially with how close the league is, so we’re fully focused on that.”
Harrison sat out Wolves’ defeat to Widnes on Friday and admits it made for frustrating viewing from the stands.
“As a precaution on a hard pitch and after playing around 14 games back-to-back we thought it was important I got a rest before the back end of the year,” he explained.
“I went to watch and was frustrated more than anything. We have high standards of ourselves and expect more than we put out there.
“As I’ve been playing every week I haven’t noticed how nervous you get before a game – probably more nervous watching as you’re completely helpless in the stand.”
Now a figure for Wolves’ many younger players to look up to, Harrison remembers the influence others had on him when he broke through.
“Jon Clarke was the main one,” he said.
“He was quite hard on the younger lads but he was a good influence and it paid off in the long run as he kept you disciplined and on your toes.
“I’ve been here the best part of 10 years now so I’ve seen a lot of people coming and going but the likes of Paul Rauhihi and Adrian Morley brought different attitudes and temperaments to the table.
“These young lads aren’t that shy and are happy to get in and perform.
“They’ve been pretty inspirational even for the people who have been here a while.”