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