Why Wigan Warriors' fringe players have extra reason to impress

Jake Shorrocks says Wigan’s fringe players have an extra incentive to hit the ground running when Wigan return to training later this month.
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The reserves campaign has already been scrapped for the rest of this year, and it seems likely the Championship and League One will follow suit - scrubbing any chances of Warriors playing on loan or dual-registration.

It leaves Adrian Lam’s first team as the only place they can play, giving the likes of Shorrocks, Harry Smith, Chris Hankinson, Mitch Clark, Jack Wells and Ethan Havard even more reason to impress.

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Halfback or hooker Shorrocks, who made one appearance this year before the season was halted, said: “It’s looking like it’s first team or nothing when we get back.

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“You need to play week in, week out to improve and we have a big squad with everyone capable of playing first team.

“If you are in when we get going again, you already have a kick-start on the next one down – basically, every week you’re getting better and they’re not.

“So I imagine when everyone is back in the lads on the fringes will be doing everything they can to impress Lammy.”

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Former Wigan halfback Alan Taylor has died after a long illness.

Taylor represented Widnes RUFC– his hometown – before joining the professional ranks at Wigan in 1973.

He made 69 appearances until ‘78 before going on to play for Swinton and Oldham.