Liam Marshall on season restarting - and getting back to team training

Liam Marshall expects players’ training to intensify now they know when Super League is restarting.
Liam Marshall during his last game in mid-MarchLiam Marshall during his last game in mid-March
Liam Marshall during his last game in mid-March

Players discovered on Friday that the competition will resume on August 2 with a triple-header, with a full round of fixtures from the following week.

It means Wigan will be back in action in less than six weeks - and Marshall says having a focal point makes it easier.

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The winger said: “When the season finished and you’re training on you own, lads were going pretty hard because no one expected it to last this long.

“But the longer it’s gone on you get into a plateau of ticking over and just maintaining a good base level of fitness.

“With the restart announced, you’ve got that focal point and you can start building it up again.”

Wigan’s fixtures have not been confirmed though the early batch of games, at least, will be behind-closed-doors at neutral venues.

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Official team training is set to start next month - Catalans have already announced they will report back on July 2 - and Marshall added: “Lads will want two or three weeks back, not only for contact but to get that cohesion and refresh their skills.

“There are also a couple of rule changes we may need to get used to before we start playing again.”

Wigan were top of the table when the competition was halted after seven rounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The revised schedule will contain a further 15 rounds of fixtures, with a four-team play-offs and a Grand Final to follow, set to be in late November.

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