Lovell Rugby chats to... Greg Eden
February 02, 2018
A Super League final, 41 tries across all competitions and an inclusion into the Dream Team. It’s safe to say that Greg Eden had a ‘wonder’ year in 2017, but with the start of the new season just days away, the try scoring machine is determined to top last year’s efforts and force his way into the international squad.
We caught up with the man himself to talk this season goals, youngsters and boots.
The guys have been in pre-season since November, you have recently joined up with them. Are you having to play catch up at all or are you finding it easy to slot straight back in?
I’ve just come back from an injury but things are feeling good. Pre-season has been tough but it’s coming to an end now, we start the season next week so I’m looking forward to getting back into it.
Are there any youngsters in the Tigers squad that we need to keep an eye out for this season?
Yes, one lad that has impressed me most is a young lad called Jake Trueman, I think he’s only 19 and he will be fighting for the half-back spot along with Jamie Ellis. He looks like he’s going to be an outstanding player when he gets a little bit older. He played a couple of times last year and performed pretty well so I would definitely watch out for him.
Have you set yourself any personal goals for the upcoming season?
I would like to get in that England side. I just missed out last year by a few places which was pretty disappointing for me and I would also like to beat my try-scoring record from last year.
“…we’re looking forward to starting the season and seeing if we’re as good as we think we are.”
The Tigers made the Grand Final for the first time in their history in 2017, Do you think you can go one step further this year and win the Super League?
I hope so! We’re looking really good in training and have brought in a few players so we’ve added to our ranks. It seemed like it was all coming together in the game that we just had at the weekend, even though the conditions were awful, we still got a lot out of it so we’re looking forward to starting the season and seeing if we’re as good as we think we are.
With the fantastic season you had in 2017 many were tipping you to make the World Cup squad, were you disappointed to not get a call-up to go to Australia?
It was very disappointing for me to be honest especially with a lot of talk going around; but it was just one of those things and if anything, it just drives me on a little bit more to play a little bit better this year and hopefully get myself in there.
You scored 38 tries in the Super League last season, just 2 off Denny Solomona’s record. Do you have a favourite?
They were all pretty special really but one of my favourites was the try that I scored against Widnes where Luke Gale kicked it out for me and I just caught it on my fingertips and I just got it down before the line.
“…I also find that in the Super League it’s a bit ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to intensity.”
We’ve seen a few league players try their hand at Union. Is that something that you have or ever would consider?
I’ve never really thought about it to be honest. A lot of people were asking me last year if I would consider it because of what happened with Denny Solomona and him playing for Castleford the previous year, but I haven’t really looked into it that much to be honest.
You had a brief spell in the NRL for the Brisbane Broncos in 2016. How does the NRL differ from the Super League?
I wouldn’t say there’s a massive difference, but they’ve definitely got the advantage on training facilities available to players. The pitches hold up a lot better all of pre-season, so you can get a lot more work done outside so in that respect the NRL definitely has the advantage. I also find that in the Super League it’s a bit ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to intensity. When you play a few lower end teams, the intensity sometimes drops off whereas in the NRL you would be playing against strong sides every week, so I would say the NRL is a little bit more intense.
You’re about to go into the orange adidas Nemeziz, what made you choose these boots?
I’ve worn adidas in the past and I’ve thought that they were comfy and the Nemeziz are no different. I’m also a massive fan of bright boots that stand out, so these were a must-have for me.