Sutton: Want to give back

  • Alex Sutton says the Warriors Together initiative is a chance to ‘give back’ to their supporters and the local Community.
  • Sutton: “It’s been tough but we’re in the position now where we’re going into the games and the start of the season, it’s been enjoyable.”
  • Watch the full interview on Wigan TV HERE.

Wigan Warriors Centre Alex Sutton discussed pre-season and getting out in the Community as the team prepare for the 2023 Betfred Super League campaign.

“It’s been good,” he said. “I don’t think you can really prepare for a Wigan pre-season but I think getting the experience from last year with it being my first full year and then coming in this year I sort of had an idea of what to expect.

“It’s been tough but we’re in the position now where we’re going into the games and the start of the season, so it’s also been enjoyable.”

Sutton made his first team in debut in 2022, but also featured heavily for the Reserves side who went unbeaten and won the Grand Final: “With the Reserves, the comp starts in March I think so that’s something to look forward to if we’re not out on loan or playing first team here but we just want to build on it I reckon. The Academy season’s that we had and previous years we’ve always been up there as one of the best so we want to continue that and go for the next Grand Final this year.”

The 20-year old also spent a bit of time on loan with Newcastle Thunder, where the experience helped him both on and off the field: “I mostly learnt how to cook and clean, it was the life skills really for me. We all got put into an accommodation together so I met new people, it was a different environment but it was the life skills that I brought home and learnt the most.

“It was a little bit like a University experience, instead of going to Uni we were just going to training so it wasn’t too bad.”

Finally, Sutton reflected on the Warriors Together initiative which has seen the first team squad going out into the Community every Friday during pre-season: “Going into the Community is massive because fans whether it’s Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday – any day and they’re there cheering us on and supporting us. I’ve not been a part of a home game yet but when you’re up in the gantry watching down you can see that they’re getting the lads through the game and we just want to give back.”

Alex Sutton recently visited The Brick alongside fellow first team players to lend a hand for the afternoon, organising stock and stacking the shelves.

He added: “Going to The Brick, I can’t really describe the experience because it’s never nice seeing anyone having to go to food banks but it was nice to see people turn up as well dropping food off, whether it was tinned food, water or anything – it was just good to see.”

See Alex Sutton and the Warriors back in action at the DW Stadium! The 2023 Betfred Super League season is just around the corner and there is still chance to secure a seat for the new season. Find out all the details on Wigan Warriors 2023 Season Tickets HERE.