Oliver Gildart writes about signing a new contract with the Warriors and previews this weekend’s huge cup clash.
Hello everyone, hope you’re all good!
Where to start? It’s been a busy few weeks at the club!
I signed a new deal two weeks ago that will see me stay at Wigan until 2021 and I’m buzzing. I’m glad it finally got done and now I can concentrate on being here for the next three years.
I was out of contract at the end of this season and I did have offers elsewhere including the NRL, which is something I’ve always wanted to do so it was a tough decision to stay but I think it was the right one in the end and I’m still young as I’ll only be 24 when I finish this new contract. I’ve still got plenty of fingers left to put some more rings on so I’m hoping I can do that!
It was announced recently that Zak Hardaker is going to join us at the end of this year and I think he’s a very good signing. He’s an incredible player and is someone I’m looking forward to playing with. I’ve played against him a few times and he’s always been a handful so he’s going to be a good addition for us. I messaged him on Twitter when he joined, welcoming him to the team, as he’s due to come over and meet the boys soon.
We then beat Warrington 38-10 at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle and that was a massive win for us. I thought we played really well and Warrington were on fire before that so we knew it was going to be a tough game but we won convincingly in the end and I thought it was a valiant performance by us.
Waney then announced to us he was going to leave the club at the end of season. I was really surprised and I wasn’t expecting it! We were in training in training on the Monday morning and he told us. It was a shock to be honest and everyone was down on that day. Waney has been here for as long as I’ve been at the club and longer. I’ve only ever known Shaun Wane as the Head Coach, as have most of the lads, so we were all taken aback by it. It’s like any player though when their time comes to an end it’s all about making the most of it now and enjoying it. It’s important that we try and get as many wins as possible and finish with some silverware for him. He’s won plenty of trophies in his time at Wigan and hopefully we can win a few more for him this year.
We go to Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup on Saturday. It’s a different competition and every team plays differently as it’s a knock out game. Warrington are going to come at us and they’ll be better than they were at the Magic Weekend so I’m expecting a very tough game but one that I’m looking forward to as I love playing in the Challenge Cup. I’m in for a tough day again with Josh (Charnley) and they’ve got a few other good players on my edge so it’s going to be a battle but I wouldn’t want it any other way. They’re going to come out firing and we have to match them. All I can think about is getting back to Wembley. It was my first time there last year and I absolutely loved it even though we didn’t get the result in the end. It’s such a great weekend for us as players and the fans too and I want to go one step further this time and hopefully win it.
It was announced this week that Ryan Sutton will be leaving the club at the end of this year. Obviously, I’m gutted to see my best friend go but it happens and people move on and I hope he does really well and I’m sure he will. This is the last season for Sutty and also for Sam (Tomkins) and Waney too so all these lads that I’ve grown to know over the years and become really close to has made me hungrier than ever to make sure we have a good year.
Thanks for the support and be sure to really get behind the boys at the HJ on Saturday!