RICHIE Myler hopes to lead Warrington Wolves to another Challenge Cup final today – but fully understands why his club do not want him for 2016.
The England scrum-half is sure to be a central force when they meet Hull KR in the lunchtime semi-final at Headingley.
However, it became clear earlier in the year that, for all his talents, Warrington coach Tony Smith did not see him as a long-term fit with the Wolves.
Instead, Myler has joined Catalans Dragons for next season where he hopes to flourish alongside Australian Todd Carney.
Yet, even if he destroys Rovers today, he could find himself out of the side for Wembley given his expensive replacement, Parramatta Eels half-back Chris Sandow, is already on his way over for the Super 8s.
“When I joined Warrington (in 2010), Lee (Briers) was still here and he was the vocal leader of the team,” recalled Myler, about the legendary Wolves talisman who retired at the end of 2013.
“My role has changed with him not being there and it’s probably not my strongest point, although I’m getting better at it.
“I’m under no illusions that that’s what Warrington needs at the moment and in my next challenge I work with another experienced player that will hopefully bring my game on.
“There were NRL clubs wanting me and offers were on the table but it was finding the right one in the sense of being in the right position.
“There was no point me going and being fifth in line and getting farmed out as I’m not at that point in my career.”
On Sandow’s imminent arrival, the 25-year-old remains open-minded.
He said: “If you’re in a lower team and you’re guaranteed your spot, you’re probably not playing at this time of year.
“You want a squad where everyone is playing to the best of their ability and one that’s really hard to get into as if you’re in a team that’s easy to get into, you’re not going to be winning games.
“People will make comparisons and it’s a great boost for the club. He’s an outstanding talent and there’s myself and Gaz O’Brien, plus Dec Patton, so more competition is always a good thing.
“But if he sets the world alight and is playing better than the other halves, that’s fair enough.”
On today’s match, Myler added: “Hull KR will be doing everything physically possible and you have to be on the money.
“We know that on their day they can trouble us and they turned us over a few times.”
Myler, who was dropped for the 2010 Challenge Cup final against Leeds Rhinos but won it against he same opponents two years later, will examine the DVD if they do lose.
“When you play in a big game you always learn and I find you learn more from defeat than a win,” he added.
“The reflection you give on a defeat is greater. I remember the 2012 Challenge Cup Final but I don’t think I watched it back as I was on so much of a high.
“When we lost at Old Trafford last year, I watched the video back for a whole week as I was depressed and in a hole.
“You critique a lot more as if to explain, ‘Why did this happen? Why did that happen?’”