Aquis Gold Coast Titans new recruit Dan Sarginson has capped off a brilliant 2016 by selected in Wayne Bennett’s England side that will compete in the Four-Nations tournament on home soil.
Sarginson was a key player in the English Super League final played over the weekend and he has been rewarded off the back of his consistent form throughout the entire playing season.
The centre or fullback hasn’t played for his country since 2014 but will be looking forward to the opportunity that presents itself over the next month.
“There’s been a lot of competition for places this year and the players that have been picked are the ones we believe will stand up to the test of the competing nations.
"I’ve always said that there wouldn’t be too many changes when I arrived and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year’s International Series win against New Zealand who have gone on and performed in 2016.
“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game. Having worked with him in the past, he’s a great bloke to have around and have by your shoulder on the field.
“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and to lose players like O’Loughlin, Tomkins and Currie isn’t ideal but it does offer opportunities to others who have performed in the year and it’s good to see some new and returning faces in the squad.
“There’s some serious talent in this English side and that’s testament to the England programme, the clubs they play for and the player’s attitude in wanting to do their best each week. I’ve spoken to the boys and they’re well aware what’s ahead of them in this tournament.”