LARNE Patrick believes his former club Huddersfield have flown under the radar this year.
The forward – on a season-long loan from the Giants – is set to face his parent club at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.
Patrick still has many friends within Paul Anderson’s squad and has admired the way they have gone around their business this year. He doesn’t believe they’ve been given the wider credit they deserve considering they are fourth in the Super League ladder with the best defensive record in the competition.
And he reckons Wigan will need to emulate their last performance – in claiming a 27-12 victory over Leeds – if the Warriors are to claim the two points.
The 26-year-old said: “Huddersfield just seem to go under the radar, and it’s not a bad thing for them, it’s a good thing.
“They’re a great team, they’re doing well this year and I rate them highly.
“They can win any game, and if you don’t turn up you get a beating.
“Their results against Wigan in the past have been good, so hopefully I’m on the winning side this weekend.”
Patrick – who made his home Warriors debut against the Giants in February, a 24-12 defeat – admits the fixture has extra significance for him.
He moved to the Warriors in the off-season on loan, with forward Jack Hughes going the other way on the same terms. “I’ve still got some very good friends there,” said Patrick, who has made 15 appearances for Wigan.
“It’ll be great to play against them. Hopefully I’ll not get too much stick!”
Wigan haven’t won in West Yorkshire in more than 18 months but will head across the Pennines in confident mood, following their impressive display in the Magic Weekend win against Newcastle.
“It wasn’t a derby but it was just as intense, fast and physical,” added Patrick. “You could go through the team and pick out individuals who did great, but it was nice to get the win for Micky (McIlorum) in his 200th game – he was outstanding.
He’s not the biggest person but he’s got the biggest heart of any player I’ve ever met.
“I’ve always liked the Magic Weekends, and it’s even better when you get the win.”
Shaun Wane has no fresh injury concerns and will discover later this week if England forward Liam Farrell is fit to return.