Dan’s the man to cover bases

Dan Sargison in action against Hull FC
Dan Sargison in action against Hull FC

DAN Sarginson says he will be happy to continue as Wigan’s ‘Mr Versatile’ as the campaign nears the halfway point.

The 20-year-old has played wing and centre since his arrival from London Broncos in the off-season.

And last Friday night, he was handed his first appearance at full-back for the Warriors - and responded with his first career hat-trick.

Sarginson was also assured under the high ball as the champions marched to a 44-16 victory, propelling them into the top-three for the first time this year.

Sarginson said: “I played at full-back for London last year when there were a few injuries, and I really enjoy it.

“It was my first ever hat-trick in Super League, which was nice.

“I was happy to play there. Mango (Matty Bowen) was a maybe all week so I was preparing for it. I kept asking Mango, ‘Are you alright, are you alright?’ - I was itching to play it.

“I was really excited, I couldn’t wait to play there.”

A season-ending injury to Iain Thornley has created a vacancy in the left centre spot, which Sarginson could fill.

But Shaun Wane has other options, with in-form Anthony Gelling also pressing his claims for the role with two shining displays against Leeds and Hull FC.

Sarginson says he is happy to fit in anywhere - as long as he is in the match-day squad.

“I’ll try and do a job wherever I play,” he said. “I honestly don’t mind. Wherever Waney wants me, I’m happy.”

Sarginson’s early-season success stands as a tribute to Wane’s ability to identify players with potential and develop them, rather than recruit seasoned professionals.

“You could play him in the backrow and he’d go well, because he’s a competitor,” said Wane. “He has good feet, good skill - but the main ingredient is he competes at everything.

“Sean O’Loughlin has it, Mike McIlorum has it - and that’s the backbone of this club.”

Wigan’s latest win was achieved without seven front-line players. Wane hoped to gauge a better idea of who, if any, may return for Saturday’s Magic showdown with Leeds - just two weeks after the Rhinos ran out 28-12 winners at Headingley.

Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Eddy Pettybourne are close to recovering from their injuries.

Sarginson added: “After you lose you always want a response, and it was good to get that with a convincing win against Hull.”

The Magic Weekend will be officially launched in Manchester later today.