Returning Wigan Warriors ace Dom Manfredi eyes-up Grand Final
After more than two years on the sidelines, Dom Manfredi is hoping to ensure his fifth game back in the side is at Old Trafford.
The winger made a two-try comeback in Friday’s 26-6 victory against Warrington.And now he is hoping to cling onto his place in the Warriors side for the remaining two matches – starting at Huddersfield on Thursday – before their semi-final shoot-out.Manfredi said: “We’re looking good now and hopefully we can get to that Grand Final.“My body feels okay. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, I have a lot to do and hopefully get better and better over the next few weeks.”Even before his touchdowns, the 24-year-old showed touches of his old self - strong-carries, pace, salty defence - which marked him out as an England contender before he suffered a serious knee injury in August 2016.“To get out there again and play in front of the home fans, it was unbelievable,” he said. “Scoring a try was a big confidence-boost, I’ll take that into next week.“It’s been really difficult being out so long, and the lads have helped me every step of the way. I can’t thank the staff enough, they’ve really helped me and I’m made up.“I saw my mum afterwards and she was in tears.”Coach Shaun Wane is today expected to provide an injury-update ahead of Thursday’s televised match against the Giants.Willie Isa suffered a suspected broken collarbone in Friday’s win. Sean O’Loughlin and Ben Flower may be fit to return.Meanwhile, reports elsewhere linking Wigan with a move for Widnes’ young hooker Danny Walker are thought to be off the mark. The Warriors are looking to strengthen their squad for 2019 and are keen on Salford’s Australian halfback Jackson Hastings.