Rollercoaster Year

Rollercoaster Year

  • Oliver Gildart on his 2017 season

  • Gildart injures back and plays in World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup Final all in same year

  • Youngster nominated for Young Player of the Year award

Oliver Gildart says that 2017 has been a rollercoaster of a year for him.

The recently turned 21-year-old was rewarded for his impressive performances in 2016 with the number four jersey this season. However, the season didn’t entirely go his way, with the centre missing over two months of the season with a back injury picked up in the game at Leeds in March.

He came back stronger though, scoring 11 tries while grabbing seven assists in 17 Super League games, with his displays seeing him nominated for the Young Player of the Year award alongside St Helens duo Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of a year.” He said.

“It’s an honour to be nominated for the award so hopefully I can go on to get it. It would give me something to personally enjoy at the end of the year but I’m going up against two really good lads who have had great seasons so we’ll just have to see who wins it.

“I didn’t think I was going to play again at one point but I’ve come back and got into the swing of things and have managed to find some form so I’m just glad to be back playing.

“I’ll see the year off now and hopefully I can start fit and healthy next season, stay injury free and play the full year.”

The Warriors were unable to finish in the top four this season but Gildart did play in both the World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup Final, games he says he’ll never forget.

“Individually, it’s great to play in games like that. Not a lot of people can say they’ve done that so it’s something to be proud of.

“Obviously, I wanted the result at Wembley but I’m still only 21 and I’m learning every week I play so to get the experience is great.

“It was a massive honour to play and win a game like the World Club Challenge too.

“We wanted to finish off the season at Old Trafford again but it wasn’t to be this year. We’ll go away and assess the season and look at how we can improve for 2018.”

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