Morley: Wolves can do double
Warrington captain Adrian Morley believes his team can justify their tag as favourites to complete the elusive double in 2013.
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The Wolves' valiant attempt to add a first Super League title to their 2012 Challenge Cup triumph failed at the last when they were beaten by Leeds in October's Grand Final.
Morley's men are 5/1 with William Hill to go one better and emulate St Helens' double-winning feat of 2006 and the veteran international forward is not about to argue with those odds.
"We feel confident we can make an assault on both competitions," said Morley. "I think it can be done. It's quite difficult but it's not impossible by any means."
Warrington are the bookmakers' choice despite being the only Super League club not to make a close-season signing.
Morley believes his side can benefit from continuity and is thrilled by the prospect of a host of promising youngsters, led by 18-year-old second rower Ben Currie, breaking into the big time.
"With the exception of David Solomona, we've retained the squad from last year and we're really pleased about that," Morley added.
"When you make changes, it takes players a while to learn how to play with each other.
"We did win the Challenge Cup and make the Grand Final so you'd think we'd be there or thereabouts this year.
"I'm really excited at what Benny (Currie) can offer. He played a few games last year. He's got a great physique for his age, he's very mature, strong and quick and he's got a good rugby league brain.
"I think there's a number of youngsters who can stake a claim. We've got about 30 players up to first-team standard."
Wolves coach Tony Smith has balanced the potential of his rising stars with plenty of hard-nosed experience, with Morley one of 10 players over 30 years old in his squad.
Morley will turn 36 in May and is in no mood to hang up the boots, although he concedes that he may have to turn his thoughts towards retirement if he has another season like 2012.
"Last year was quite disappointing for me personally," he admitted. "My form throughout the year wasn't up to my standards. Injuries dictated a lot of that but, as a whole, it wasn't a classic year.
"All my injury problems are behind me and I've had a good rest and I'm chomping at the bit.
"I'm in no rush to get another year. As I say, I was disappointed with last year and, if it got to that stage again, I'll just call it quits.
"I don't want to fizzle out, I'd rather finish with a bang. I trust Tony's judgement. I'll probably wait until halfway through the year and, if he feels I've got next year in me and I feel I've got next year in me, then we'll talk about that."
More immediately, Smith will finalise his preparations for the new campaign with a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife next week.
"It's certainly no holiday," Morley said. "It will be a bit of a flogging but you'd rather get flogged in the sun than in the quagmire over here."