The winter spent slogging away in most weathers on the training ground are paying off for Josh Charnley at Warrington Wolves.
The winger and his team-mates watched their efforts rewarded in August once they conquered rivals St Helens 18-4 at Wembley to raise the Challenge Cup, banishing the memories of the preceding year’s defeat against Catalans Dragons.
Warrington are still in pursuit of another decoration which has up to now proved elusive for them however, being the Super League title, and begin their search to come back to the Grand Final at home night.
Last year’s 12-4 loss to Wigan Warriors in Old Trafford was the Wolves’ fourth defeat in Super League’s showpiece game and with one trophy already secured, Charnley would like to guarantee Steve Price’s side do not see their own efforts during the season go to waste.
“The pain was (before the Challenge Cup final) and we talked about it previously,” Charnley told Sky Sports.
“It is not great shedding and you work really hard, you are in over Christmas training difficult in the snow and the rain, and that you also do all you can to get some silverware.
“Last year, we had been fortunate enough to maintain two finals and we dropped them, but we started this season with goals and we have got one of those goals now. We just require the previous bit of the puzzle”
A return to Old Trafford would mark the fourth final appearance with Warrington of Charnley with returned to league in 2018.
The reflects on his spell in rugby union although he did not have the exact same impact with Luxurious because wide-man Denny Solomona.
It didn’t take long for the former Wigan participant to repay to league once he came in Warrington, bringing with him a few improvements to his game while playing for the Sharks that he made.
“I have played rugby league because I was six and I have never know a different sport, so it was not too tough to get back into it,” Charnley said.
“The greatest thing was putting my body back in the contact, so which was the largest danger.
“I believe I am maybe more comfy under the high ball. There is a whole lot of catching and kicking.
“It is little technical matters and a lot of union teams now are taking league into their game. I liked my spell there and when I catch a high ball over my mind I am laughing.”
Charnley knows what is necessary to get to win the Super League Grand Final too, having been part of the Wigan teams which triumphed in 2010, 2013 and 2016 – that the two seeing with the Cherry and Whites defeat his current team.
But despite this Challenge Cup victory, Warrington’s form in the league was patchy in the closing weeks of the regular season since they slipped from second to fourth, putting them into a removal.
Charnley has backed Warrington to thrive in that scenario though, employing the lessons learned to assist them in the play-offs.
“It had been one of the where we had to remain in the game,” Charnley explained. “Saints are a great team and we are a fantastic team on the day, so it was going to be a thrilling match.
“It was only down to that kept hold of the ball and did the appropriate things.
“We just get one shot at this now and on Thursday we’re taking that into it, so we’re fully focusing on doing the job”

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