Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

  • Liam Farrell says thoughts of finals help to motivate him during pre-season

  • Warriors have played in 11 major finals during Farrell’s eight years in First Team with Farrell playing in all of them

  • Farrell also impressed with new recruit Gabe Hamlin

Liam Farrell says pre-season is made a little easier by the motivation of reaching finals, something he knows all about.

During Farrell’s eight seasons in the Wigan First Team the Warriors have featured in five Grand Finals, three Challenge Cup Finals and three World Club Challenges with the second-row forward playing in all eleven.

Asked how he motivates himself during the gruelling pre-season period, he said: “When you win a Grand Final, I’m not lying when I say it gets better every time. The last one we won was really good and I want to do it again, it’s with a different group of lads and it’s a different challenge every year- I think that’s the main motivation. When you’ve got 30 blokes around you who all want to do the same thing you’d be surprised at how easy it is to motivate yourself.

“Training is tough but I know for a fact that pre-seasons like this are what win you trophies.”

Farrell and Shaun Wane embrace after his man of the match performance in the 2016 Grand Final

Updating on pre-season so far, Farrell said: “It’s been good, I wouldn’t say I’ve enjoyed doing all of the running and the flogging and all the weights and stuff but it’s good to get some work under your belt and get yourself back up to where you want to be. It’s going well and we’re just getting to the tough part now.

“I think the quality of what we’ve had has been really good, we’ve had four sessions a day for most of pre-season and everyone’s bought into it really well. I think the standards are really high, it’s alright doing it now but it’s when you’re into the season especially towards the back end that’s when your standards need to be the same.”

Farrell also said he’d been impressed by Wigan’s newest recruit Gabe Hamlin after the pair faced-off in the wrestling pit.

“He’s been really good, he’s been really intense about what he’s doing and I think he’s really enjoying his time here.

“He had a good scrap and applied himself really well. He’s been good and the lads are really impressed with what he’s been doing.”

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