4. Oliver Gildart


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Player Profile


Position: Centre
Date of birth: 06/08/1996
Heritage number: 1063
Height: 6ft
Weight: 87kg
Previous club: Wigan Academy (Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC)
Representative honours: Great Britain, England, England Knights
Wigan Debut: vs Warrington (A), centre (one try), won 28-0 at Halliwell Jones Stadium, 21/08/2015


World Club Challenge: 2017
Super League: 2016, 2018 GFs
Super League Young Player of the Year: 2017
League Leaders’ Shield: 2020


A man for the big occasion and renowned for showing a quick turn of pace to cross the whitewash, Gildart played a key part in Wigan’s 2020 League Leaders’ Shield winning side.

  • Son of Ian who made 139 appearances for the Wigan Club from 1986 to 1993.
  • A product of the Wigan Academy after joining the Club aged 15.
  • Played and scored in the 2014 Academy Grand Final win over Warrington Wolves and represented England at Academy level in the same year.
  • Spent time on loan at Salford Red Devils and on dual registration with Workington Town in 2015, before a try-scoring debut for Wigan at Warrington in August.
  • Played in the 2015 Grand Final in just his seventh first team appearance
  • Member and scorer in the 2016 Grand Final winning team at the age of 20
  • Played and scored in the 2017 World Club Challenge win over Cronulla Sharks.
  • Overcame a back injury to score 15 tries in 20 games and won the 2017 Super League Young Player of the Year Award.
  • Scored 13 tries in 28 games in the 2018 campaign.
  • Won the 2018 Try of the Year at the End of Season Awards for his eye-catching effort against St Helens in August.
  • Won his second Grand Final ring in three years after the 2018 triumph against Warrington.
  • Excellent performances in 2018 led to him being named in the England squad for the three-match series against New Zealand.
  • Won the 2018 Baskerville Shield after the 2-1 series victory against the Kiwis and played in all three games, scoring the winning try on his debut in the first Test.
  • Consistent performances in 2019, including 12 tries in 34 games, saw him called up to the Great Britain Lions squad for the Tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, where he played one Test match.
  • After missing the first half of the 2020 season through a shoulder injury, Gildart became a key part of the 2020 League Leaders’ Shield winning team, appearing nine times and scoring five tries in all competitions.

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