Crosby driven by Grand Final memories

Wigan Warriors v St Helens Grand Final: Dom Crosby (left) and Sean O'Loughlin
Wigan Warriors v St Helens Grand Final: Dom Crosby (left) and Sean O'Loughlin

WARRIORS began pre-season training yesterday vowing to make amends for last season’s Grand Final disappointment.

Prop Dom Crosby admitted the off-season break had done little to ease the disappointment of losing the Super League decider to St Helens.

He said: “I’ve not stopped thinking about it, to be honest.

“But it’s one of those things, we’ll work to come back bigger and better from it.

“Reaching a Grand Final is an achievement but it was disappointing to lose and there’s a lot of hurt there.

“I’m sure we’ll come good from it.”

Crosby was one of many players who took up the option of an early return to training last week, ahead of the official start of pre-season yesterday.

The Warriors squad – minus their Four Nations representatives – travelled to the University of Central Lancashire for testing.

They underwent VO2 max tests, measuring their oxygen consumption and ultimately reflecting their aerobic physical fitness, to give the coaching staff a baseline to work from.

Prop Crosby says modern players can not afford to spend the off-season with no training.

“You need a good break, but after two weeks it was time to get back into training mode,” said the academy-prop, who played in Warriors’ Grand Final charge.

“It’s good to get back in, meetthe boys again and blow the cobwebs off.” Warriors have two weeks of training in and around their Orrell base before flying to Florida for a warm-weather camp.

They will break for Christmas but will soon be into the thick of the action with friendlies ahead of the new campaign.

Warriors will travel to Leigh on January 18 and then St Helens the week later, with a game at Workington on Sunday February 1.

Workington will again be a partner club for the Warriors, allowing fringe players to gain experience in the Championship.

A Warriors XIII will also face London Skolars on Friday January 24.