Wigan Warriors fans will have to wait to see Jai Field play

Wigan fans will have to wait a little longer to see new recruit Jai Field in action .

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:25 pm
Jai Field in training at Robin Park

The Warriors play their first game of 2021 this Sunday – a friendly at Salford.

But Australian speedster Field will not take part as he nurses a back strain.

Coach Adrian Lam says the injury was being monitored and may keep him out for "two to three weeks", making him a doublt for their opening Super League game, against Leigh on March 26.

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Centre Oliver Gildart (leg) and young forward Kai Pearce Paul (knee) also won’t face the Red Devils but returning star John Bateman will be included in a strong squad featuring an extended bench.

And Lam is particularly looking forward to seeing some of his fringe players give him a selection headache in their only friendly before the new competition begins.

He said: “Everyone will play a role and I just want to see individuals play to their own standards.

“For the senior players it’s more about getting back into the routine - the night before, game day, recovery after, all of those aspects.

“But for the younger players and those on the fringes of the side it’s a great chance for them to put a stamp on the game and say, ‘This is what I’m about’.”