Match Preview: Wakefield (Pre-Season)

In association with Davanti Tyres, here is everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s pre-season friendly against Wakefield Trinity.

The Warriors travel to Belle Vue on Friday night (8pm K.O.) to take on the Championship side in Matty Ashurst’s Testimonial.

Squad News

The Warriors have selected a 22-player squad for the fixture, which includes a mix of First Team and Reserves players.

Six of the Warriors’ new signings have been named in the squad alongside seven teenagers.

Wigan squad for Wakefield:


Dual-registration partners Wakefield Trinity have also named a strong 19-player squad for the friendly, which includes former Warrior Iain Thornley.

Coaches Quotes

Assistant coaches Sean O’Loughlin and Tommy Leuluai will take charge of the fixture to provide Matt Peet with the opportunity to take a closer look at players from the stands.

Speaking ahead of the clash, O’Loughlin said: “It’s a great experience to have the reigns handed over to us and to head up a gameday, but it also gives Matty the opportunity to sit back and watch the game more clearly.

“Matty will be able to see who impresses without having his coaches hat on, whilst ultimately it’s an opportunity for Tommy and myself to learn.”

Read the full interview with Sean O’Loughlin HERE.

Player Preview

Jake Wardle has expressed his excitement on returning to the field for the first time since he received the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his Man of the Match performance in the Super League Grand Final.

Wardle said: “I’m excited to be back playing. I’m also looking forward to getting out there with a mix of players and I know everyone else is really keen as well.”

Read the full preview with Jake Wardle HERE.


The Warriors have been allocated tickets in the West Paddock at Belle Vue, which are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for juniors (16 and under).

Tickets are still available to purchase in-store from our Robin Park Arena Club Store until 3pm. Supporters will also be able to buy tickets on the gate at Belle Vue this evening.

Please note that tickets are no longer available to purchase online. Any tickets bought online after 12pm on Monday 22 January must be collected from the Robin Park Arena Club Store.

Stadium Information


Please note that there will be NO parking available on the day due to all spaces being allocated. There will also be NO drop offs allowed in the stadium car park.

Happy Hour

From 6pm-8pm in every bar around the ground, Wigan supporters will be able to make use of a Happy Hour offer meaning you can get your beverages at a cheaper price. 

Cashless Stadium

Belle Vue will be cashless, except in Rollin Shack and Fox’s Bar, and we will only accept card payments (Google Pay and Apple Pay also accepted).

Kit Check

The Warriors will play in their new Kappa away jersey for the first time on Friday night.

Supporters can purchase any of our 2024 kits online HERE or from our Robin Park Arena Club Store (open 10am-4pm, Mon-Friday).

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Friday’s friendly will be Chris Kendall.

How to Follow

You can watch the game live on Wigan TV, with a monthly subscription giving you the live stream of the game and a full month’s access to our fantastic Warriors match archive for just £5.99

A subscription for Wigan TV is required and we advise those who are planning to sign-up to Wigan TV to do so as soon as possible before the game, as any last minute issues may not be able to be rectified.

Social Media:

As an alternative to following the game, Wigan fans can keep up-to-date with every piece of the action via our social media channels and website:

  • Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
  • Website ( – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Friday 26 January 2024