JOSH Charnley admits he will find it strange when he lines up against old pal Darrell Goulding on Sunday.
And the Warriors winger has warned that the classy centre, who left Wigan at the end of last season, will be hard to keep quiet when the sides meet at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
I still say to this day that he’s under-rated massively. He’s still one of the best centres we’ve gotJosh Charnley
“It’s going to be strange,” said Charnley on the prospect of facing Goulding.
“I spent two years alongside Daz and I was sad to see him leave but he’s doing well.”
Goulding was squeezed out of contention at Wigan partly thanks to the form of Dan Sarginson, and while the former London Bronco is a firm choice in Shaun Wane’s line-up, Charnley still credits Goulding as one of Super League’s finest. “I still say to this day that he’s under-rated massively. He’s still one of the best centres we’ve got,” he said.
“When I was scoring the tries I was telling people that a lot of them were down to Daz’s good work, and I still say that.
“A lot of the tries I scored were from Darrell, he’s under-rated. People say, ‘it’s Darrell Goulding’ but you give him any space and he’ll step you, skin you and he’s got great hands. He’s got everything.”
The Robins are still searching for their first win in Super League this season, having lost to Leeds and Wakefield before taking a break last week for the World Club Series.
Warriors had the task of taking on NRL heavyweights Brisbane Broncos in front of a 20,000-plus crowd, but Charnley says the atmosphere will still be feisty at Hull KR’s 12,000 capacity home.
“It’s not gonna have 20,000 fans but there will be seven or eight thousand Hull KR fans who will probably match 20,000 at the DW,” said Charnley, who spent time on loan at Rovers when he was breaking through in 2010.
“When I went there, I spent six weeks there on loan and the fans are that passionate, and the talk of the town is rugby, rugby,” he said.
“It’s a challenge going there, the fans are brutal.”
Wigan have confirmed their Super League fixture at Castleford, scheduled for Sunday March 8, will now take place on Friday March 6 with an 8pm kick-off.