World Cup: Brett Ferres admits selection was 'reward for perseverance'
Brett Ferres believes that his late selection to England's World Cup squad was 'reward for perseverance.'
Last Updated: 30/10/13 4:12pm
The Huddersfield forward became an 11th hour call up to coach Steve McNamara's party following the departure of Gareth Hock who was expelled for a series of disciplinary breaches.
The 27-year-old Ferres not only made the squad, he also played in England's opening match against Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Ferres was omitted from McNamara's original 24-man squad but was given a hint of optimism when he was asked to travel with the players for their training camp in South Africa.
He said: "I wasn't wishing for anybody to get hurt. We're all striving for the same goal.
"I was no different, even though I wasn't part of the squad as such.
"It was a difficult one, being so close and yet so far away. I think the ruling has changed and you can change the squad throughout the World Cup.
"I was there as a bit of a safety net and I saw it as an opportunity to remain in the frame and to get some valuable training.
"It was a bit of perseverance and a case of working hard and keeping my head down and it paid off."
Ferres also admitted he came mighty close to booking a family holiday during November.
He added: "Luckily I didn't book one. I was fortunate."
England's next match in Group A is against Ireland at Huddersfield on Saturday.