DAN Sarginson has admitted to experiencing a culture shock since his move to up Wigan – but not because of the North/South divide.
The former London Bronco is not used to the intensity at Warriors training, despite arriving from a Super League club.
The 20-year-old returned six tries from 19 appearances for Broncos last term but his side finished one place from bottom on the Super League ladder.
The utility back thinks the difference in culture is why Wigan went on to win a league and cup double while London struggled.
“It’s a lot tougher than it was down at London and I can feel myself improving day by day,” Sarginson said.
“The standards up here are a lot higher and so is the intensity of training.
“Down in London you might settle for a bit less but here in Wigan nothing below perfect is acceptable. Even the fitness and conditioning are unreal. I can feel myself getting fitter and stronger by the day.”
Sarginson appeared for England Knights in their 52-16 defeat of Samoa in October and is hoping his new employers can help him improve enough to play more internationals.
“There are a few bits I’m working on I never even thought of practising while I was down there. The coaching staff up here are second to none so there is always something to improve on,” he added.
Arriving at the DW Stadium with fellow former Bronco Tony Clubb, Sarginson already feels part of the Warriors’ set-up, despite having not yet made his debut, and he is looking forward to settling in at home.
“I’ve bonded with all the boys pretty much instantly,” he said.
“Having Tony there, someone I’ve known for a couple of years, is obviously a bonus but we’ve fit in pretty well anyway.
“It’s been a bit hectic recently trying to sort things out but it’s coming together now and I’m looking forward to a fresh start with the best team in the league.”
Until Sarginson’s home is sorted, the young star is living with fellow newcomer John Bateman.
Bateman, also 20, arrived from Bradford Bulls and has played alongside Sarginson in the England academy set-up. Sarginson revealed the pair are benefitting from the experience.
He explained: “I know Bateman though playing in the younger England sides with him and we get along pretty well.
“It’s been good to stay with another member of the team – it helps to keep each other on track with things like a good diet.”
The versatile Hemel Stags product, who made his try-scoring professional debut for London in a 70-0 Challenge Cup rout of Gateshead in 2011, is also excited to be part of a young squad, which boasts 23 home-grown players of its 38 players.
On seeing his name appear alongside the likes of under-19s graduates Connor Farrell, Ryan Sutton and Ben Austin on the first team squad list, Sarginson said: “ For the future it can only be a good thing if they can keep hold of these players.”