JOSH Charnley can usually be found tearing down The Wire’s right wing, acrobatically diving over the try line and lapping up the adulation of supporters.

Of late, however, he has been showing that a winger’s job is much more than being on the end of flowing moves to touch the ball down.

His last seven appearances have yielded just two tries – a relative dry spell for someone with his record.

Instead, Charnley has been attracting plenty of positive comments for his work in getting The Wire away from their own line.

He is Warrington’s leading metre-maker having run for 1,618 metres in Super League matches to go with his 12 tries.

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Josh Charnley is The Wire's leading metre-maker this season. Picture by Mike Boden

The 27-year-old says he is equally at home at both ends of the field.

“It’s one of those where I enjoy getting a carry in where I can.

“I come and get amongst it so the forwards can have a bit of a rest.

“It means they don’t have to run as far – if me or any of the other backs can get 10 or 20 metres it saves a bit of energy for them in terms of turning round and getting back.

“It’s good getting on the end of passes from people like Stef (Ratchford) and Austo (Blake Austin) and scoring tries, but there’s a lot of unseen work that goes on as well.

“I’m happy scoring tries but I’m just as happy that people are noticing me doing the dirty work that puts the team in good stead.”

A combination of injury, suspension and form has seen the left-wing spot alternate between Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Jack Johnson and Bryson Goodwin this year, Charnley’s spot on the right flank has been sacrosanct.

He will man that station again on Saturday when The Wire welcome Hull FC – a team he seems to love playing against.

His past three appearances against the Black and Whites have yielded six tries, including a hat-trick in the 63-12 win at the KCOM Stadium in March.

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Josh Charnley scores against Hull FC in March. Picture by Mike Boden

Since then, though, Lee Radford’s men have picked up a head of steam – they have won five of their past seven games, risen to fifth in Super League and have reached the Challenge Cup quarter-finals

In total, The Wire have won the past two meetings between the sides by an aggregate score of 143-22 – Hull’s last visit to Warrington ended in an 80-10 defeat in last year’s Super 8s.

Charnley says the Airlie Birds will feel “embarrassed” by what happened in both games and is wary of them being desperate to make a similar impression at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“It’ll be tough – we went up there and did a real good job,” he said.

“They’ve got a few players back since then so they will be coming here in high spirits.

“We’ll be working hard this week to be sure we’re ready to face them.

“They’re going to feel embarrassed after what happened at their place.

“Any team that comes here wants to leave a mark on us.

“We’ve just got to keep weathering the storm and keep doing what we’re doing.”