Gary Neville meets Warriors stars

Gary Neville with Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes
Gary Neville with Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes

WIGAN Warriors players were given a talk by one of the most illustrious English footballers of all time yesterday.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville spoke to the squad and staff about his days as a professional at the top of his game.

During his 19-year career he won a number of trophies, including nine league titles and two European Cups.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane is keeping tight-lipped with regards to what Neville – pictured right with Wigan players Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes – said exactly but says many similarities between the philosophies of both clubs were recognised.

“Some of the things he said were really good, the no-nonsense culture they have there and what we have here are very similar,” said Wane.

“I liked him as a player, he’s a winner. He’s from a great culture at Manchester United.

“He understands what we’re trying to do here (with the younger players coming through).

“We’ve got a similar group coming through here with your Jack Hughes’ and your Dom Crosby’s and then before that group with Sam Tomkins, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop and Chris Tuson all coming through.

“He was fantastic for us, we really enjoyed having him in.”

Wane’s sentiments were echoed by Warriors skipper Sean O’Loughlin.

Neville is the latest in a number of sporting role models brought in by the club with the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Sir Alex Ferguson also speaking to the players too.

O’Loughlin said: “He answered a few questions for us which was great.

“The staff behind the scenes are always looking at get characters down from different sports and offer us a bit of inspiration who have been successful in their sports.

“Some of the things he spoke about were very close to home, there were a lot of players around his age at the same time and we’ve got quite a young squad so we’ll take things from what he said and use it to our benefit.”