ANTHONY England says there is another side to his game that Warrington Wolves fans have not yet seen.
And the prop forward hinted that playing alongside new front-row recruit Ashton Sims next season may help to bring that element out of him.
In-form North Queensland Cowboys enforcer Sims is a rough- and-tough customer even by NRL standards, a facet he also displayed as captain of Fiji during the Rugby League World Cup last winter.
England is on a journey, finding his feet at elite level in his first season as a full-time professional and he says that the process of adjustment has perhaps overshadowed some of his natural game initially.
“I’ll enjoy playing alongside Ashton,” said the 27-year-old 6ft 3in former Championship player brought in from Featherstone Rovers for a reported transfer fee of £50,000.
“I’ve learned a lot off our other props like Roy Asotasi and Chris Hill – all the boys really – and I’m sure I will learn a lot off Ashton as well.
“I watched him in the World Cup. He’s a big, aggressive player.
“I think I might have a bit of that lacking at the minute but being ag - gressive is something that is in my game and I can be a bit better at that.
“There’s so many things in your head sometimes that it’s almost like your game takes a little bit of a back seat as you develop as a Super League player rather than continu - ing on the track you was on.”
It is all part of the learning curve for a man whose main occupation was away from the sports field a lit - tle more than 12 months ago.
“It’s hard to put into words be - cause there’s probably not many people that can understand the changes I’ve made,” said England, who started out with Castleford as a youngster.
“I’ve come from a background of 12-hour shifts as a welder and then training at night, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind of change.
“I was welding for 10 years and so you can get embedded in that life - style in a way.
“It’s been a very different year because I’ve moved to the area too – about three months ago – so that and the totally different job has meant being out of my usual rou - tine and comfort zone.
“It has been both difficult and en - joyable but I think next year I’ll be a lot better as a player as a result.
“I’ll have got my head around it a lot more. And I think that helps more than the physical side some - times – just making sure you get your head in the right place.”
England said there have been times this year when head of coach - ing and rugby Tony Smith has pulled him up on parts of his game.
And both Smith and the player felt his best standards of performance did not materialise in last Thurs - day’s 24-24 draw with Huddersfield Giants at The Halliwell Jones Sta - dium.
That has meant England making way for the return of Kiwi interna - tional Asotasi this week against St Helens.
“It was one of the fastest games I’ve played in all season, a really tough game too,” said England.
“When I came on off the bench I was a bit shocked how fast the game was. I settled in but made a few mis - takes.
“There’s occasional games that have shocked me during my first season. I think I’ve definitely im - proved but there’s a lot more to come."