Sarginson happy to fill in at No.1

Dan Sarginson scored his only Wigan hat-trick from the full-back role
Dan Sarginson scored his only Wigan hat-trick from the full-back role
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DAN Sarginson will be happy if he starts 2016 at full-back – a role he wanted when he joined Wigan.

The England Test centre is the front-runner to cover the No.1 position until injured Sam Tomkins returns to action around Easter.

Sarginson played four games in the pivotal role in his first season at the Warriors in 2014 and has previously played there for London Broncos.

He was recruited by Shaun Wane as a utility back but quickly made the left centre role his own.

However, he would have no reservations about switching positions.

“I love playing at full-back,” said Sarginson. “I played stand-off, centre and full-back at London.

“When I moved to centre when I came to Wigan , I was unsure because I wanted to play full-back - and I still had stand-off in my mind too.

“But I’ve come to terms with the fact I’m not a No.6 now! When I do play full-back I really enjoy it, I love the open spaces.

“If I’ve got Sam helping me out, I think it’d go well.”

By moving Sarginson to full-back it would allow Oliver Gildart to continue in the three-quarters.

He broke through into the side for the last seven games of last season – including the Grand Final – and impressed many with his assured displays.

Wane’s other option for the No.1 role is Lewis Tierney, who has been tipped for a bigger role in 2016 after just one senior appearance last year.

Tierney has effectively moved up the pecking order to become third-choice winger, behind Dom Manfredi and Josh Charnley, following Joe Burgess’ move to the NRL.

But he has played at full-back and will be keen to stake a place in the side.

“Lewis is in the running for it as well, he’s a really good full-back,” said Sarginson, who scored the only hat-trick of his Wigan career from the No.1 role.

“He’ll be training there - I imagine it’s between us two. We’re just doing fitness now, we’ve not sat down and spoke about it but I have my pre-appraisal coming up so we’ll talk about it then.”

Sarginson began running this week after his season was cut short by a nasty hamstring injury.