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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Peter Lupton vows to shine for Workington Town

Ex-Super League star Peter Lupton is determined to set the record straight after admitting injuries stopping him hitting the heights for Workington Town last season.

Peter Lupton photo
Peter Lupton

The Cumbrian reckons he failed to perform at above 70 per cent of his ability after a car accident delayed his start to the 2012 debut campaign at Derwent Park. And he now believes he returned to action too early.

“I hindsight, I might have left it longer, but I was starting at a new club in a lower league,” he said. “I felt I had to impress everyone.

“Because they had faith in me as one of the bigger new signings, I felt I had to prove a point, but it back-fired on me. Half-way through last season I was looking forward to this year, getting fit and showing what I can actually do. It has been a frustrating time, but you have to take the bad with the good and look forward.”

Lupton is back in training following a knee problem and hoping to be ready for Town’s Championship opener at Swinton next weekend.

“I’ve been doing a bit of fitness training and rehab work and that’s been going fine. I’m on the edge of being there but I need to tweak it, and not rush it too much,” said Lupton, who hopes to feature at loose-forward, rather than stand-off in Town’s first season in the Championship.

“I prefer 13, I always have. I like to be involved from the kick-off. We’ve had a chat and hopefully I’ll be playing 13. If there’s an injury at half-back I will step back in there.

“We have some good young half-backs and I don’t think they will need my services there.”

Lupton reckons new signing Callum Phillips, from Seaton Rangers, is set to shine in the halves.

“I like the look of him,” Lupton continued. “He’s quite strong for his size and quite athletic, with a bit of pace. It’s a big change from the amateurs to semi-pro, but hopefully he has a big year.

“James Coyle’s had a lot of input in to training and has a background at Wigan. Hopefully those two will make a good partnership.

“We have to aim high. Ewan Dowes, Jamie Acton and Adam Walne are all big lads, physical and quite mobile. The main thing for Workington, like most teams, is to keep a healthy squad through the year.

“We have to win as many home games as we can, and away games are a bonus.”

*Tomorrow’s ARL county championship games between Cumbria and Lancashire at Wath Brow have fallen victim to the weather. No new date for the open age and Under-19 title deciders has yet been set.


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