The future of Josh Charnley has been talked about for a good few weeks now, but now the former England winger has come out firing.
The 30-year-old has been at Warrington since joining the club ahead of the 2018 Super League season from rugby union side Sale Sharks.
In that time, Charnley has scored 50 tries in 87 appearances and the winger has no intention of leaving.
In a live interview given to Hytro BFR – a company specialising in Blood Flow Restriction in order to improve and enhance recovery – Charnley has spoken about fighting for his place under new head coach Daryl Powell.
“There’s always speculation about people moving on, and I’m 30 now so there’s a lot of young pups snapping at your feet,” Charnley said.
“But I like proving people wrong and enjoying what I do – not many people can say they like their work but I’m lucky enough to get this job title that I’ve got.
“Daryl Powell has brought in a good feel about the place, so it’s good at the minute and hopefully we can get the gel back together.”
For the 30-year-old former Wigan star, an AC injury in his shoulder plagued the start of his 2021 Super League season, but his work with Hytro and Blood Flow Restriction garments around his arms and proper recovery has led to Charnley being the strongest he has ever been.
“At the start I did five minutes of three sets and put on the garment to how tight I wanted it.
“I was using exercise bands and getting a range of movement, but I got the biggest pump I’ve ever experienced and then I started lifting 25kg dumbbells which felt like 50kg but the benefits are massive – I’m possibly the strongest I’ve ever been.
“I do a lot of foam rolling and wear a garment before bed to restrict the blood flow.
“I have a lot of baths with a lot of salts – it’s small things that add up, it’s eating right too.
“I don’t want to be filling up on junk food, I’m a finely-tuned engine at the minute!”