Chris Hankinson previews Wigan Warriors’ final 2020 pre-season game against Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village.
Centre talks the chance to impress and his excitement of facing his former club.
- Hankinson: “It gives everyone an opportunity to cement a spot in the Warrington line-up.”
Chris Hankinson says the Wigan Warriors squad are feeling ‘sharp’ heading into their final pre-season game against Leigh Centurions on Thursday.
The centre believes the friendly at Leigh Sports Village will give players the opportunity to impress ahead of the Betfred Super League opener with Warrington Wolves in eight days’ time.
Hankinson said: “The target is to get 80 minutes under our belts - everyone is feeling sharp and fit, so it’s a matter of getting those match minutes.
“It also gives everyone an opportunity to cement a spot in the Warrington line-up.”
The 26-year-old is relishing the chance to face his former side in Leigh, whom he played for between 2014 - up until 2015.
He said: “It’s going to be a good test, obviously it’s one of my previous clubs so it’s nice to go back and play against some familiar faces. I’ve been back a couple of times, it’s a good club, there’s a lot of good people there behind the scenes, but hopefully we can turn them over and get a win.”
Heading into the new campaign and with a new No.3 jersey, Hankinson is hopeful on building on last term, where he made 18 appearances under Head Coach Adrian Lam.
“I want to kick on from last year, I was really happy with it in terms of game time but I want to go to another level.
“Obviously Sarg (Dan Sarginson) has left some big shoes to fill, so I want to step in and do that. There is competition, with Zak (Hardaker) playing centre as well, so I just want to try and cement that spot and take the team forward.”
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