Super League: Ben Jones-Bishop happy with life on the wing at Leeds Rhinos
Ben Jones-Bishop insists he is happy to continue on the wing for Leeds despite admitting he prefers full-back.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 27/01/14 4:55pm
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott likes to use Jones-Bishop, 25, on the outside of centre Kallum Watkins, a role in which he has become a prolific try scorer.
Zak Hardaker is head coach Brian McDermott's first-choice full-back and Jones-Bishop has no qualms being behind the ex-Featherstone Rovers man for the job.
When asked if playing full-back would be his favoured position, he told Sky Sports: "If I had a choice that's where I'd want to play definitely, but we've got a pretty good one here already.
"It's a case of I want to play. I'm happy playing on the wing. That's where I've played for the last three years or so.
"It's up to Mac (McDermott). He picks the team he thinks will get the job done on the day and that's what matters at the end of the day."
Jones-Bishop has 12 months remaining on his Rhinos contract but, after missing much of last season with a blood clot on his lung, his primary focus is making up for lost time.
The England Knights representative made his return against Widnes last June and, after scoring nine tries in 14 appearances, is looking forward to hitting the ground running this time around.
"I think I missed about 21 games last year so hopefully I'm fit from the start of the season and I'm fit throughout the season," he continued.
Jones-Bishop was been linked with a move to Warrington as a replacement for the now-retired Brett Hodgson - but says such talk was mere speculation.
"People talk don't they? I'm focused on Leeds. I've got another 12 months here and then we'll take it from there," he said. "With the competition this year I'm focused on making myself available and trying to get in the team every week."
When asked if he and the club would be holding talks, he added: "I'm sure there will be. For me it's just about getting back and being fit. I missed a lot of games last year. I'm just happy to be back amongst it and being available for selection."
England international winger Tom Briscoe joined from Hull FC in the off-season and Jones-Bishop believes competition for places will only enhance McDermott's Rhinos.
"It's all good for the squad. We've got a backline that's pretty much anyone can play anywhere it's adjustable which helps. It's a long season. You're bound to get injuries and dips in form and stuff like that. Strengthen in depth is a good quality to have," he concluded.