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Gubb keen to show Warriors front-row worth

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/02/2017

What does Warriors prop Charlie Gubb have to support his claim for a starting berth in next week's NRL opener?

Long hair, for a start.

The 26-year-old cut his typically frizzy locks in an unsuccessful attempt to sway the NRL judiciary before last year's seven-match suspension for shoulder-charging.

Yet seven months on and with his mane growing back nicely, Gubb says he's ready to make a Samson-like impact in 2017.

Gubb and the closer-cropped Albert Vete and Sam Lisone are the three candidates for replacing the injured Ben Matulino against the Knights next Sunday.

And despite picking up his own niggle in last week's trial win over the Titans, Gubb said he was raring to go.

"Ben's out and there's a spot there for someone, we've all put our case in and it's up to Stephen (Kearney) to decide," Gubb said.

"I'm ready to play more minutes this year."

With the final year of his Warriors contract dawning, the Wellingtonian knows he needs to quickly produce the goods to secure an extension.

He's been working alongside stalwarts such as Matulino and Jacob Lillyman on his hit-up technique, while lending the ear of legends Logan Swann and Awen Guttenbeil.

The quartet, as well as attack coaches Steve McNamara and Stacey Jones, were adding extra weapons to his arsenal with ball in hand.

"It's about getting to our points hard, not just taking a run-up and then playing the ball," Gubb said.

"Just the runs you take and angles you run on different tackles, what can be effective, when to run behind the marker.

"It's good to pick up little bits from everyone."

Head coach Kearney, for his part, said he saw all three of his front-row options as important while Matulino recuperates from knee surgery and infection.

He was encouraged by their showing against a Jarryd Hayne-less Gold Coast, and expected more of the same against Newcastle.

"Everyone there that takes the field for us, and even the guys who don't, are important," Kearney said.

"But with Ben not being there, it's about sharing the responsibility."

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