Gildart ‘even hungrier’ for success in 2016

Oliver Gildart
Oliver Gildart

OLIVER Gildart says Wigan Warriors will be even hungrier for success following the disappointment of last weekend’s Grand Final loss.

The 19-year-old burst onto the Wigan scene in August, and hasn’t looked back since impressing in each of his seven Warriors appearances to date.

I could never have dreamed of playing in a Grand Final this year so that was an honour

Oliver Gildart

But he isn’t satisfied with leaving Old Trafford without a winner’s ring last week - and says the winning the title will be a priority next season.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks off now but when we come back we’ll train even harder,” he said.

“We’re hungrier for success next season, we want to go back to Old Trafford and get the win.”

Gildart was handed his chance after impressing for the under-19s and while on loan at Salford, where he gained his first taste of Super League experience.

And he admits that while defeat to Leeds last weekend was tough to take - he would never have expected to be playing in a Grand Final this year.

“We would have loved to come away with a win but we’ll be back again,” he vowed.

“It’s really tough, I’ve been to these finals as a fan but it was my turn as a player and I’m just completely gutted.

“I could never have dreamed of playing in a Grand Final this year so that was an honour.

“But we wanted to come away with a win and I would have loved to have been able to do that.”

The centre, who has already impressed with five tries from his handful of appearances, is happy with the immeasurable progress he has made this season, and hopes it will stand him in good stead for next season.

“At the start of the season I would have been happy with a couple of games here and there but I’ve played in a semi-final and a final so it’ll be a great learning curve for me in the future,” he said.

“Waney has been great with me, he told me to just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Gildart was one of 11 academy products in Wigan’s squad for last weekend’s Grand Final, with many still in the infancy of their careers. And he revealed coach Shaun Wane told him to approach the game like any other.

“It was a game of rugby at the end of the day, something I’ve been doing for so many years now,” he said.

“He just told me to enjoy the moment and to go out there and do what I can do.”