Super League: Andy Lynch backing Daryl Clark to become world's number one
Last Updated: 10/07/14 1:41pm
Castleford Tigers front-row colleague Andy Lynch believes in-form Daryl Clark has the ability to become the world's leading hooker.
Clark was promoted to the full England training squad last month and underlined his growing stature with a man-of-the-match performance, highlighted by a hat-trick of tries, in the Tigers' impressive win at Widnes a week ago which kept them on course for a first-ever top four finish in Super League.
For me he's the form hooker in Super League and I think he's got a great shot of playing for England at the end of the year.
Lynch on Clark
And the 20-year-old is sure to be in the thick of the action when Castleford take on last year's league leaders Huddersfield at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Friday night.
"He's unbelievable," Lynch said of Clark, who is being linked with Warrington Wolves in 2015. "He's massive for us. He probably won the game for us last weekend single-handedly.
"For me he's the form hooker in Super League and I think he's got a great shot of playing for England at the end of the year.
"He's a great talent and he's still young so he's got plenty of time to learn and he'll get even better as he gets older. He can be the world's leading hooker if he keeps on going the way he is. Nobody will be able to touch him."
Stay on course
Lynch will be hoping his side can stay on course for the league and cup double when they host one of their top-four rivals.
Just four points separate the top six clubs and Castleford could go top with a win over the sixth-placed Giants if Leeds and leaders St Helens slip up again.
The shocks continued last weekend, with the Rhinos going down to Wakefield, Huddersfield losing to Salford and Saints being hammered at Hull KR, and Lynch is looking for his side to take advantage.
"Last week worked in our favour really well," he added. "All the teams around us that should have won lost and it puts us within two points of the top.
"This is a massive game. There are two points between us and Huddersfield and we need to win to get that four-point gap between us."