Strange week for Goulding

Darrell Goulding in action against Huddersfield Giants

Darrell Goulding in action against Huddersfield Giants

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DARRELL Goulding is looking forward to having an extra weekend to prepare for Wigan’s tilt at the Grand Final.

But the 25-year-old admits it is strange for the team to have their first weekend without a game since the Exiles fixture in June.

“It’s good for the lads who have a few knocks to get ready,” he said.

“It’s strange really because we’ve trained every day as normal but we are watching some games at the end of the week instead of playing.”

Despite not knowing who will visit the DW Stadium next Friday yet, Goulding isn’t cheering any particular team on, though he thinks many fans will want to see champions Leeds knocked-out by Wigan’s arch rivals, St Helens.

“You don’t know how ClubCall is going to go so you don’t really know who you want to win but you have to play everyone at some stage,” he said.

“From a neutral point of view maybe more people will be supporting Saints because Leeds have been the top team most years for a while.

“But we always practice what we want to do no matter the opposition – we’ll just do a lot of practice and be ready for whoever we face.”

Wigan admit prop Epa Lauaki is “unlikely” to play again this year.

No reason has been cited for his absence. Lauaki last featured in the Wigan side on August 9.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “It’s unlikely he will play any part in the play-offs campaign.”

Lauaki, who has a year left on his deal, had a spell out of the team earlier this season which was attributed to a knee injury.