Denis Betts believes Danny Sculthorpe would have played for Great Britain this year - if he hadn't suffered an injury stricken second half of the season.
Sculthorpe underwent shoulder surgery midway through last season, before returning twelve weeks later in time for the Warriors' Super League play off fixtures.
Betts believes that the shoulder injury was the only thing stopping the young prop forward earning his first Great Britain caps in the Gillette Tri Nations.
"That shoulder injury did Danny no favours at all," Betts told the League Correspondent.
"I think he would have been called into the Britain squad if he had been able to carry on playing for the rest of the season and maintain his form.
"But I reckon he's going to make up for it for next season.
"He's a big player with a great attitude and if he can steer clear of injury then he's in for a really big year."
Sculthorpe himself is in upbeat mood ahead of the start of Super League X.
He said: "I'm fine now. The operation on my shoulder was a total success and I can't wait to get started."