Wigan Warriors can 'do it all' in 2021, reckons Ollie Partington

Ollie Partington believes Wigan are capable of a clean  sweep of silverware next season.
Ollie Partington played in 17 games in 2020Ollie Partington played in 17 games in 2020
Ollie Partington played in 17 games in 2020

The prop believes the Warriors are well-equipped for an assault on all three trophies in 2021 – the League Leaders’ Shield, the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final.

He points to their strong finish to last season, the consistency in the squad and the addition of John Bateman and Jai Field as reasons to be confident that the new campaign will be successful.

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“I think we can do it all, I don’t see why we can’t,” said the 22-year-old.

“I know it’s ambitious but with the team we’ve got and the way we finished last season, we’ve come far and we’ll keep building.

“John is coming back, I played with him a few times in 2018 and he’s great to play alongside, I know how competitive he is and how much he wants to win for Wigan.”

Adrian Lam’s outfit snatched the No.1 spot from St Helens late last-season before being edged out 8-4 in a derby Grand Final epic.

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Partington said: “Winning the League Leaders is not an easy thing to do, I think sometimes people look past it to the Grand Final.

“But it’s a really tough ask to get the No.1 spot especially with the way Saints have been going. So I think it’s been a good season on the whole but there’s definitely room for improvement.”

For Partington, last season proved successful as he cemented a regular spot in the side.

His aggression, work-rate and ability to motor through long minutes made the ex-Orrell St James junior a key figure in a position with no shortage of competition.

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Of Wigan’s 22 games, he figured in 17 – missing four matches due to suspension and being rested, along with other frontline stars, for a late-season 42-0 derby loss days before the Cup semi-final.

"I feel I’ve got better each year and that’s a credit to the opportunities I’ve been given by the coaches, and I’m grateful for it,” said Partington, handed a debut by Shaun Wane in 2018.

“I’m ready to kick on and try and get better. I want to be a player who the lads want to play alongside, that’s my aim.”