Sailor eyes out centre

Wallaby winger Wendell Sailor could move into the Waratahs midfield for their Super 14 campaign.

Sailor spent his rugby league career on the wing and has only played left and right wing since switching codes, but said he was keen to move closer to the action.

“Obviously Nathan Grey is not there anymore and if they want me to do what he was doing, I’m happy to do that,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “We’ve got a lot of good players and I’m sure they are just as keen to get going as I am. I’m not just going to walk into a spot. I know I’ll have to prove myself again, but that’s something I’m looking forward to doing.”

Coach Ewen McKenzie said he would allow Sailor to play his natural attacking game.

“I’m not hung up on what numbers players have on their backs,” he said. “We’re hoping to give him a lot of ball and create a lot of opportunities for him. If he sees something or calls for the ball when he thinks something’s is on, I’m happy for him to do that.”

Sailor is preparing himself for a hot reception when he returns to Brisbane in a month’s time, with an advertising campaign calling on Reds fans to boo him already underway.

“I heard before Christmas that they were planning something like that, so I’ll be ready for it,” he said. “There’s a bit of a love-hate thing there … They’ll be pretty upset … if I’m not in the 22, so I’ll have to do my best to make sure I am.”