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Bradford Bulls: Matt Diskin under starter’s orders
Matt Diskin has spoken of his determination to recapture his best form in 2013 and start the year as the Bulls’ first-choice starting hooker.
As a seasoned Super League campaigner with four Grand Final winners’ rings under his belt, Diskin’s pedigree is not up for debate.
But the 30-year-old former Leeds stalwart believes he can show an improvement on the form he produced in 2012 and push Heath L’Estrange for the starting hooking role.
“Heath and I have got a great relationship and we enjoy playing together,” said Diskin of his fellow joint-captain.
“But if you ask us about starting then we would both say we want to be the starting hooker.
“Irrelevant of how your game fits, you want to be the first person on the pitch, and that goes for any player in any position.”
A shoulder injury prematurely ended his 2011 campaign and he was sidelined again by another shoulder injury suffered during the Magic Weekend defeat to Leeds.
It was further cruel blow for the Dewsbury-born hooker, who believes the injuries preventing him hitting peak form in 2012.
He added: “At the start of the year I came back from my initial shoulder injury too early and wasn’t happy with how I was physically and mentally.
“I know I can offer a lot more than that, as many of the players can after injuries last year.
“But we’re doing things the right way in pre-season and I think we’re going in the right direction.”