Reasons to be Excited 2

Reasons to be Excited 2

French Connection

The Warriors acted swiftly in the transfer market back in October when Morgan Escaré and Romain Navarrete became available and joined from Catalans Dragons.

Escaré, 24, joins having scored 64 tries in 91 appearances for the Dragons. A seven times France international, he has already impressed in training and will look to take any chance that comes his way during 2017 be it at full-back or on the wing.

22-year-old Romain Navarrete made his Super League debut for Catalans in 2016 and made 11 appearances in total before being snapped up by the Warriors. A big front-row enforcer, he will be looking to put his name forward for a place in the pack during the year ahead.

Title Defence

There’s no doubting that Wigan are the team to beat as they head into the year as Super League Champions. The title defence will begin in earnest at Salford in February with a long road ahead as the boys look to make their way to Old Trafford for a fifth consecutive year.

The Warriors will be buoyed by some new signings and some old faces as long-term absentees Tony Clubb, Michael McIlorum, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins and Dom Manfredi all work their way back to fitness in 2017.

With mouth-watering games against Cronulla and Leigh in the opening stages, a Good Friday showdown with St Helens and a final league fixture against Leeds it promises to be another dramatic season ahead.

Good Friday

Whilst we’re on the topic, the Good Friday Derby never disappoints and Wigan have an incredible record in recent years having won the last seven Derbies against St Helens on this day.

In 2016 Wigan came out victorious in two of the three derbies including a 25-0 victory at the DW, one of the performances of the season.

One of the highlights of the British Sporting Calendar, the tie returns to Wigan this year and no doubt the Sold Out signs will be needed once again.

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