Jamie Helleur reveals he has his sights set on a regular starting berth after the tenacious Samoan was handed his third start in a row for Newcastle Falcons against Plymouth Albion on Friday.
Helleur, 29, who touched down during Friday’s 31-15 victory over Albion, got himself back in the mix at the beginning of October after a spell on the side-line.
Now the explosive centre is keen to earn himself some more game time as the Falcons march on towards the Promised Land.
“I’m trying to keep hold of my position in the team, and it certainly hasn’t been easy as everyone is playing well,”
“In this side if you work hard and perform then you will get to keep your position on the field. At the moment I am working really hard on my game on the training field, and hopefully that can show in my performances for the Falcons every weekend,” he added.
This Saturday sees the North East club make the trip to South Wales to take on Newport in the British and Irish Cup, the first of back-to-back matches with the Welsh outfit.
And the Falcons’ cup exploits gives director of rugby Dean Richards the chance to rotate his squad ahead of the Yuletide clash with London Scottish at Kingston Park on Sunday 23 December.
Helleur has hailed the club’s strength in depth, which was highlighted when a string of fringe players stepped up to the mark to help the Falcons to a memorable triumph at home to Tonga last month.
He said: “We won’t ease up against whoever we play against this year, and it’s great to see that we have a squad of players that are really challenging for places in the team.
“Our aim in every game is to demoralise the opposition and put our foot down.”
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