Hall - I'm a marked man
Leeds winger Ryan Hall knows tries will be harder to come by in 2010 as he seeks to avoid "second-season syndrome".
Last Updated: 25/01/10 11:10am
Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall knows tries will be harder to come by in 2010 as he seeks to avoid "second-season syndrome".
The 22-year-old enjoyed a prolific debut campaign last year, scoring 32 tries to help the Rhinos complete a hat-trick of Grand Final victories.
He was rewarded with a place on the England flank for the Four Nations and was also named international rookie of the year.
"I was a bit of an unknown quantity last year but I'm not so much that this year so every time I score will count a bit more," Hall said ahead of Leeds' Super League opener against Crusaders in Wrexham on Friday.
"I think a lot of teams will be highlighting the left side of our team because we scored a lot of tries there last year. Obviously, they'll be analysing it a bit more."
Hall will once more be outside Keith Senior and he is quick to give the credit to the experienced centre for many of his tries.
"Last year was a bit of an eye-opener for myself," he recalled.
"When I found out I'd be playing with Keith for the whole season I thought 'wow, this is great'.
"It's not so strange any more, it's what I'm used to. Obviously he's a great player and I praise him highly for what he did for me. Apart from putting me away for tries, he talks to me all the time."