COMEBACK man James Clare is desperate for more game time after waiting almost nine months for his Leigh Super League debut.

But the Centurions winger would rather his return lasts only three matches this season rather than four.

That will mean Neil Jukes’ side has preserved its top flight status without need of a nerve wracking Million Pounds game.

The former Castleford and Bradford winger scored the first of Leigh’s two tries in their 24-8 home defeat to Widnes Vikings last Sunday.

And that second loss of Leigh’s Qualifiers campaign has put greater pressure on their remaining three fixtures including Saturday’s trip to face unbeaten Warrington Wolves.

“We are not going onto the game thinking we must win it, we are going in thinking we must play well,” said Clare whose season was wrecked by a pre season anterior cruciate knee ligament injury against Dewsbury.

“Everytime we do the stuff we are good at we are always there or thereabouts.

“The big thing we spoke about before Widnes was having the right attitude and enthusiasm.

“We had all the ammo to put in a good performance after Denis Betts came out in the press and said a win didn’t secure Super League for Widnes but it put a massive tick in the box.

“Instead, we didn’t give ourselves a chance and we were always chasing from minute one.”

Clare’s second half touch down offered a glimmer of hope before Widnes sealed victory with Corey Thompson’s try and three Chris Bridge goals.

“I was devastated with the result,” he admitted. “But one of the positives I took was I didn’t think I was going to play again at all this year.

“So, to get out there and complete a full 80 minutes was a nice little achievement. Even to get off the nudie run isn’t that bad is it?

“I was still off the pace a little bit,” said 26-year-old Clare whose only other action was 40 minutes playing out of position for Halifax Reserves against St Helens.

“There is stuff for me to work on so I can get back to where I want to be.

“I am going to have to learn quickly in such a short space of time. It’s must win for the final three games if we want to do something special “I would like to finish every single minute until the end of the season. And hopefully that will only be three more games and not four.”

*Leigh will be without Daniel Mortimer (bicep) and Ben Reynolds (suspension) for the trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Reynolds took an early guilty plea for a tripping offence against Widnes but still landed a one game ban.

Mortimer, starting a second match at hooker, suffered his injury inside three minutes against the Vikings. Liam Hood and Eloi Pelissier come into contention.