QUEANBEYAN Blues fullback Sam Langford says he’s happy to play wherever he’s needed as the side goes in search of its first Canberra Raiders Cup title since 2008.
And the 23-year-old acknowledged competition for spots in coach Simon Woolford’s grand final side remained fierce even at this late stage of the season.
Playing his first game in more than two months, Langford was one of the Blues’ best in the side’s 32-10 victory over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in last Sunday’s major semi-final.
The win saw the Blues qualify directly for next weekend’s decider where they’ll face either a rematch against the Kangaroos or the Tuggeranong Bushrangers who play off in tomorrow’s preliminary final.
With the Blues’ first choice hooker Josh Chudleigh sidelined with an arm injury, Langford made an impressive cameo appearance off the bench against the Kangaroos.
Filling the unfamiliar hooking role alongside experienced rake Jordie Hammond, the outside back scored two tries and appeared far from out of place around the ruck.
Langford however, said he was hopeful of taking back his more familiar no.1 jersey for next weekend’s grand final.
But with fellow flyers Trae Clark and Eddie Jenkins having proved their worth in the fullback’s role since his injury, Langford admitted he’d be happy to slot in anywhere in Woolford’s final 17.
“We knew right from the start of pre-season training that there were going to be a lot of good players at the club this year,” he said.
“Even now you’ve got to be on your toes fighting for a spot [in first grade] so I’m happy to play wherever the coach needs me, as long as we get up on the day.
“I dare say [last weekend] will be my last run at no.9 though. I was speaking to Josh at training [on Tuesday] and I’m pretty confident he’ll be good to go.”
And Langford said he was happy simply to be back playing after initial concerns he was set to miss out on the Blues finals campaign altogether.
The former Young Cherrypickers flyer feared the worst after being forced from the field with a rib cartilage damage during the Blues round nine victory over the Belconnen United Scholars.
“I didn’t know too much about the injury so at one stage I was thinking I wouldn’t make it back at all this year,” he said.
“Like most people would be I was a bit nervous [last weekend] after being out for so long but I think it was just good to get out there and having a run. I was actually a bit surprised things went as well as they did.”