Rugby League - Ratchford enjoying stand-off role

Warrington utility man Stefan Ratchford is happy to deputise for veteran playmaker Lee Briers as he continues to work out what his true position is.

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Rugby League - Ratchford enjoying stand-off role

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Stefan Ratchford, pictured, is happy to fill in for Lee Briers

Ratchford will be at stand-off for Friday's Super League derby against St Helens in the continuing absence of Briers with a worrying neck injury. Briers is being rested in the hope that he can avoid season-ending surgery and, although Ratchford is revelling in the chance to play in his old Salford role, he is ready to step aside once the old master is fit again.

"Obviously it's been unfortunate to lose Briersy but it's an opportunity for me and I'm enjoying my time there at the moment," said Ratchford, who will make his 30th appearance for the Wolves and the 100th of his career in Friday's game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

"I'm sure when he's fit he'll slot back in at six. I'm not going to give the shirt up lightly but, if you look at what Briersy brings and what he's done for this team over the years and the quality of player he is, you'd expect him to come straight back in."

Ratchford played for England against the Exiles at full-back last season and is hoping his versatility will help persuade Steve McNamara to include him in his World Cup plans.

"I'm still working out what's my best position," he said.

"Stand-off was the position I played at Salford and it's the position I enjoy.

"Whether it's my best position remains to be seen. As frustrating as it is sometimes, you do get to experience other positions and some coaches like players who can move around.

"I've spoken to Steve about it and I think he is happy to have someone who can cover a few positions."

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