HE is seen by many fans as the unsung hero within the Wire team – but that is a role Jack Hughes says suits him perfectly.

The second-rower has once again started every game for Warrington this season and has been one of the team’s most consistent performers.

While his work often goes unheralded, plenty of Wire supporters are now seeing the benefits of Hughes’ role in the pack.

The 26-year-old, who is in his third season at the club, thinks he is currently in his best run of form since signing from Wigan ahead of the 2016 campaign.

He says the more eye-catching side of the game is “not his style” and that he’d rather be remembered for his consistency.

“Being consistent and doing the basics right is what I pride myself on. I’m happy being an unsung hero,” he told the Guardian.

“It’s not all about scoring tries or setting them up for me. That’s not really my style.

“Doing the dirty work and the one-percenters is my thing, and not letting the team down.

“I try to be at that sort of level every week and doing my best for the team.

“I think this is probably the best form I’ve been in since coming to the club.

“I found some good form in 2016, but this feels better.

“I think I’m coming into my prime now. It’s the sort of time where you do from now up until your thirties.

“We’re very confident as a team at the minute and the energy is high.”

As well as his regular second-row role on the right edge, the former Huddersfield man often switches to a role tighter to the ruck when Ben Murdoch-Masila comes off the bench.

That role was new to Hughes at the start of the campaign, but he says it is becoming more natural to him.

However, he says he wants to make more impact down the middle rather than just “ticking a box.”

“I tend to jump into the middle for a spell when Big Murds comes on, and I’m settling into it. I’m picking up the role a bit more,” he said.

“I want to actually bring something to the team when I’m in there, though, rather than just doing a job and ticking a box.

“It’s something enjoying at the moment and it’s been good to learn new things about the game.”

Hughes has helped The Wire to fourth place in Super League and the team are well placed to remain in the top four when the league splits at the end of next month.

There are five more games before then, starting with the visit of Salford Red Devils tomorrow.

Wolves will jump back up to third – at least temporarily – with victory, but Hughes admits the game is a “banana skin” for his side.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position in both competitions,” he said.

“We have five Super League games before the Challenge Cup semi-final and 10 very important points up for grabs.

“Ultimately, we want to finish in that top two and get a home draw for the semi-finals.

“Especially after a week off, Friday is a potential banana skin for us.

“If we can start well in the first 20 minutes, rather than dipping our toe in and getting a feel for things, I think we’ll be alright.

“That’s a big focus for us, to make sure we start well and that we don’t underestimate Salford.”