Oliver Gildart’s pre-season blog
Wigan centre providing weekly updates as team prepare for 2018 season
- Warriors centre looks back on last weekend’s games
Throughout the pre-season we are catching up with the 2017 Super League young player of the year, Oliver Gildart for an insight on the squad’s preparations for 2018.
Pre-Season. Blog 8.
Hi everyone, hope you’re all ok!
I think I can safely say on behalf of all of the boys, it was great to be back playing on the weekend!
On Friday, a Wigan Select XIII beat London Skolars 54-12 and I know from speaking to a couple of the lads who have played down there, it is a tough place to go as Skolars have a real physical and strong team. The young lads who played did well to get that result and I’m sure they enjoyed the experience.
It was also a chance for players to impress the coaches as Waney (Shaun Wane) said before the game that whoever plays well will get a shot against Leigh. Both Mully (Craig Mullen) and Romain (Navarrete) did that and were called up late for the game on Sunday and they both did well.
We beat Leigh in that game and personally I was pleased as I managed to get 80 minutes and I felt really fit. I think it’s a matter of relief and excitement to get on the pitch after all the hard work we have put in over pre-season. We were all buzzing to get out there, even though it was cold, but it was good to be able to play as a team again and I thought everyone put a shift in. It was also good to get on the scoresheet, despite it being nothing special.
It was also Micky Higham’s final Rugby League game, as he decided to hang up his boots. He’s had a great career and as a young lad watching myself he’s played for the best teams in the biggest games. He was here at Wigan for three years and I’ve also played against him a few times, including Sunday’s match and he’s a very tough competitor so I wish him all the best in whatever he does next.
The 2018 squad numbers were released recently and I’m sure you’re all aware that Tom Davies has been given the number two shirt. It’s a credit to him, as he came into the side last year and did great! He works very hard in the gym and has probably been one of the standout players in pre-season so he’s definitely earned that shirt.
It was also announced that the New South Wales games will be broadcasted on Sky Sports with the DW Stadium hosting a live screening too for fans to watch us play. All the boys are excited to get over there now and for the fans who can make it, it will be a great experience for them and it’s something we will relish. It’s also a great advert for the game and hopefully lots of people can tune in and see what Rugby League is all about.
Less than two weeks to go…