Ben Flower gives inside track on Wigan Warriors to new teammates

Ben Flower will be giving his new team-mates the inside track on Wigan in the build-up to Friday’s opening game.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:24 am
Ben Flower is still recovering from the hamstring injury which denied him a Grand Final farewell from Wigan

The Welsh prop won’t face his former side as he recovers from the hamstring injury suffered in the semi-final which denied him a Grand Final farewell from the Warriors last year.

But Flower, hoping to be fit for the derby in May, said: “I know a lot of the boys there and the way they play.

“If I can do my part and tip them up on certain plays I will.

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“People are writing us off already and we don’t feel that way as a team.

“It’s a tough challenge but we know what we need to do, and we’ll go out every week and play the way we want to play.

“The proof is in the pudding.”

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Flower moved to Leigh before their place in Super League was confirmed, after seeing a move to Toronto Wolfpack collapse with the Canadian club’s demise.

The 33-year-old, who spent nine seasons at Wigan, said: “It was strange at first but once you start settling in, it can be a new lease of life to move on, you can get a bit stale at the same place.

“I’ve loved coming to Leigh and I’ve got another bunch of friends.”

Leigh are coached by John Duffy, who started his coaching career with a season at Wigan before taking charge at Swinton.

He said: “It was a real eye-opener for me, going to Wigan, obviously Waney was there at that time so to see how the best in the business did things.”

Ex-Warriors Matty Russell, Ian Thornley, Joe Mellor, Craig Mullen, Tom Spencer and Lewis Tierney are also in the Leigh squad. Kick-off at Headingley on Friday is 8.15pm (Sky Sports).