Wigan Warriors 2018 Preview


2017 left many Wigan fans very conflicted after positives and negatives came from the previous year, positive - World Club Champions, negative - the clubs lowest finish in Super League for the last 8 years.

Injuries affected Wigan, but this allowed more young talent to raise it's head, that's exactly what Ben Davies and Liam Marshall did, giving Shaun Wane selection headaches ahead of the 2018 season, especially with Dom Manfredi returning from long term injury.

New Boys: Dan Sarginson and Gabriel Hamlin.

Losses: Anthony Gelling, Michael Mcilorum, Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney.

There are two very noticeable losses in the above list, Gelling and Mcilorum, two stalwarts and two major personalities at the club. The question many fans are asking is,  "how will the Warriors adapt without them?" absolutely fine is my answer to that question, Mcilorum has missed large amounts of game time in the last few years through injury, Powell and Leuluai were fitting replacements.

Dan Sarginson returns to Wigan after failing to take hold at the Gold Coast Titans, it's questionable as to how he will fare after sitting out most of the 2017 season, it's pretty much a given that he will claim what was Gelling's spot in the centre, whether he can recapture his form or not, that's yet to be seen.

Wigan as a club have plenty of very talented players, determined to to recover from a sub par season, none more so than Sam Tomkins. Tomkins has stated that he knows he has not been at his best, and is hoping that 2018 will be the year to turn things back around.

Wigan are a near identical team that ran in the previous year, that means that the attitude and approach to the new year has to be changed, if they are going to get into the 4.


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