Briers ready to take the biggest stage

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Warrington's Lee Briers is relishing his maiden Grand Final
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Warrington's Lee Briers is relishing his maiden Grand Final

It took Lee Briers 14 years to realise his dream of playing at Wembley and it has been an even longer wait to run out at Old Trafford, but the evergreen Warrington stand-off never stopped believing.

The 34-year-old former Wales international captain, who in August won his third Challenge Cup winners' medal in four years, is aiming to get his hands on a first Super League ring when the Wolves take on defending champions Leeds in Saturday's Grand Final.

"I would have retired ages ago if I didn't think we could get here," Briers said.

"You always want to play in the big games and in the organisation we've got there are big expectations. We have an owner who had the vision and the vision is paying off now.

"It's great playing on these big stages, it was dream of mine as a kid. It ticks another one off before I finish.

"It's been hard work to get here, though, and there is no point coming here and not performing. We've got to make sure we're fully focused."

Warrington claim to be one of the fastest-growing towns in the country and, after taking more than 20,000 fans to Wembley, the club expect an even bigger following at Old Trafford for their maiden Grand Final appearance.

They sold half their allocation of 23,000 Grand-Final tickets within 24 hours of last Saturday's semi-final win over St Helens as fans clamoured to witness a slice of history.

"Rugby is a religion in Warrington," said Briers, who was born and still lives in neighbouring St Helens but has been with the Wolves since 1998.

"It's going to be massive but, until we walk out on Saturday and hopefully get the right result, we won't know how big it is. We didn't know how big the Challenge Cup was in 2009 until we won it."

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