Peet previews Leigh

  • Matt Peet looks ahead to Saturday’s Super League Round 20 clash with Leigh Leopards.
  • Peet: “Tyler has hit the ground running in practice and will feature – whether he’ll start or not I’m not sure.”
  • Wigan Warriors v Leigh Leopards, DW Stadium, Saturday 29 July, 1pm.

Matt Peet confirmed to the press that new signing Tyler Dupree is set to make his Wigan Warriors debut against Leigh Leopards on Saturday.

The Warriors announced the signing of Dupree from Salford Red Devils on Wednesday, and Peet revealed to the press this afternoon that the highly rated prop is set to make his first appearance for the club this weekend.

Speaking on the signing of Dupree, Peet said: “Tyler has hit the ground running in practice and will feature – whether he’ll start or not I’m not sure. I’m made-up Kris (Radlinski) and Ian (Lenagan) could get the deal done with Salford, as Tyler is exactly what we’ve been looking for.

“The outstanding characteristic is that he’s a strong ball carrier and a big man who is tough to tackle. There’s a lot more to like, not just for the short-term, but for the medium-term as well.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against Leigh Leopards, Peet said: “We will be up against a team who are full of confidence, have some class players, and a great work ethic. Everything they are getting, they deserve with the way Derek (Beaumont) has assembled the squad, and the way Lammy (Adrian Lam) has got them playing. They’re the standout story of the season.”

Speaking on the former Warriors head coach, Peet added: “We all knew Adrian would do a good job at Leigh. We are well aware that he will get the squad playing for one another and with smiles on their faces. I owe a lot to Adrian, and I’m pleased for him.”

On the competition between the Warriors and the Leopards, Peet said: “It’s healthy and it comes because we are local and both teams are competing at the top end of the table. It’s natural that healthy competition is going to evolve due to the history of the locality.”

The Warriors have teamed up with Leigh Leopards for a second time this season to welcome more than 800 people from the Wigan and Leigh Young Carers Centre to the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Speaking on the initiative, Peet said: “It’s a fantastic charity supporting young people who have to go through responsibility beyond their years. It is great of the game to give them some enjoyment, and I love the fact both clubs are getting behind it and long may it continue.”

The Warriors have already announced the signings of Kruise Leeming, Sam Walters, Tiaki Chan and Adam Keighran for 2024, as well as contract extensions for a number of current players.

Speaking on the development of the squad: “It’s our job to make sure that we get the best out of the players on a weekly basis and make sure that we are developing them. There is no point signing young players if they aren’t going to evolve, we must drive them to the next level.”

Matt Peet also provided an update on the injury sustained to Willie Isa, which you can read HERE.

Thursday 27 July 2023