Sam Perrett has always been viewed as a winger, but he wants to make the Canterbury fullback position his own this season.
Having spent most of his long NRL career playing as a winger, Sam Perrett is determined to make the vacant Canterbury fullback position his own.
The 28-year-old, who is going into his 10th season this year, started in the No.1 shirt in Sunday’s 28-20 trial defeat by South Sydney and said he desperately wants to be Ben Barba’s successor, following the former Dally M medallist’s move to Brisbane.
Perrett has played fullback on numerous occasions during his time at the Sydney Roosters, when he deputised for Anthony Minichiello, and filled in last year for Barba when Barba was stood down by the club following his off-field issues.
However, Perrett has always been viewed as a winger by his coaches and the New Zealand international is aiming to show Des Hasler he can be a full-time fullback.
“I’d love to play No.1 if I get that opportunity,” Perrett said.
“I really enjoyed it in my time at the Roosters and had a couple of seasons when Mini was injured and did OK there.”
Drury Low, Pat Templeman, Corey Thompson and Tyrone Phillips are also in the running to replace Barba and spent time in the custodian role against Souths.
However, Perrett said Hasler has given them no indication as to who has the inside running for the round-one clash against Brisbane on March 7.
“He has basically said ‘you guys are training here’, and that’s about it,” Perrett said.
“We’ll all work on it together, do our reviews and talk about how we want to play the position.
“I don’t see the other guys as a rivalry; we have all been working together and trying to do the best we can.”