Prop forward Leilani Latu has expressed his desire to be a starting prop at the club and the new recruit is looking to make that number eight jersey his own with a strong performance against the Warriors in the Sunshine Coast trial this Saturday afternoon.

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Latu played just 20 minutes in the trial last weekend against the Broncos but with a host of stars having their first hit-out on Saturday, he believes both the squad and fans will get a good gauge of where they’re at.

“It was a good hit-out for us,” Latu said. “There were five or six debutants who have come to the club and it was a good 80-minute effort but we do need to work on a few things.

“That’s what trials are for.”

The 25-year-old joined the club at the end of November and has been named to start at prop in both trials, a position he wants to keep and make his own.

“That’s what I’m aspiring to. Garth has asked a lot of me this pre-season and he did the same previously.

“I’m down to around 112kg, I’m trying to get the starting front row position.”

Along with the starting role, Latu wants to become a leader amongst the forward pack.

“I’ve had (Jarrod) Wallace talk to me a bit, just helping with the leadership role a bit. Max (King) will be with me this week and Carty (Bryce Cartwright) at lock.

“It’s a young forward pack but there’s a lot of maturity and some experience. It’s up to us to contend with the Warriors this week, we know they’ll come up through the middle a bit.”