AS the Super League season gets ever closer, there is conjecture aplenty about how one of Warrington Wolves’ headline signings will fit into the team.

And when Lachlan Fitzgibbon himself was asked that very question, his answer spoke to the kind of “team-first” mantra that made The Wire so keen to bring him to the club.

The second rower arrived in England with his partner Sophie earlier this month to start pre-season training with his new teammates having shone in the NRL for hometown club Newcastle Knights.

During a successful final season Down Under, the 29-year-old was a huge left-edge presence for the Knights but if he is to do the same for his new club, it would involve dislodging England international and left-edge stalwart Ben Currie from the side.

With rising star Matty Nicholson occupying the right-edge slot for most of 2023, it is not immediately clear when Fitzgibbon fits in but he insist that will work itself out in time.

“I can play both sides – it doesn’t really bother me,” he said.

“I’ve played on the right side at the Knights and even though I finished on the left, I’m comfortable on either side.

“At the end of the day, it will come down to where Sam (Burgess, head coach) sees me in terms of it being the best fit for the team.

“Wherever I play, I want to put my best foot forward and make sure I’m contributing to the team.”

When Fitzgibbon’s signing was announced, his Knights teammate Jackson Hastings proclaimed any potential partnership with half-back George Williams would be “the best edge combo in the league” in 2024.

Following his post-season exploits with England, Williams is yet to report back for pre-season but when he does, it is a link-up Fitzgibbon is keen to explore.

“Obviously George isn’t back in yet, so I haven’t been able to be beside him yet,” he said.

“We’ve just been running some initial positions on both sides of the ball, so I’m not sure how that’s going to play out.

“We’ll know a little bit more after Christmas when the boys are back and we start getting into some attack-focused stuff.”

By the time Williams returns, Fitzgibbon himself is aiming to be taking a full part in training as he completes his recovery from the shoulder injury that ended his final season at Newcastle early.

In giving an update on his fitness, the Australian said he has been able to do “pretty much everything” in training but has not yet been cleared to partake in full-contact drills.

“I’ll be full noise after Christmas but the body is feeling really good,” he said.

“I’m pretty much doing everything but I’m pulling back from the full contact stuff a little bit at the moment.

“After Christmas, I’ll be doing everything.”