Shenton - Give me the ball
Michael Shenton believes Saturday's Four Nations final against Australia presents the ideal stage for him to showcase his talents.
Last Updated: 12/11/09 12:43pm
England centre Michael Shenton believes Saturday's Gillette Four Nations final against Australia presents the ideal stage for him to showcase his talents.
The Castleford Tigers starlet has efficiently gone about his business during the campaign to date - England's impressive pack drawing most of the plaudits en route to the final.
Shenton is expected to start once again at Elland Road this weekend, with a near sell-out crowd expected at the West Yorkshire venue.
And the 23-year-old has spoken of his desire to show all in attendance his ability not only in defence, but with ball in hand.
"I would like to get a little bit more ball and maybe show what I do with it but defensively we've put some strong carries in," he said.
"When you've got a pack like we've got, they're bound to get the headlines but yeah it is a little bit annoying.
"We've got a very young backline. We can go about our business and maybe come up with some massive plays at the weekend that will shock people.
"We've been trying our hardest in training but it's just not coming off in the games. Hopefully I can put Ryan (Hall) away for a couple and maybe even get one myself."
Shenton will stand toe-to-toe with the experienced Justin Hodges on Saturday after the Brisbane Broncos centre fought off competition from 21-year-old Michael Jennings to make Australia coach Tim Sheens' starting 13.