Darrell’s year could be over

Darrell Goulding is tackled by Danny Brough
Darrell Goulding is tackled by Danny Brough

DARRELL Goulding may have played his last game for Wigan.

The centre is battling a knee injury, and his chances of appearing for his hometown club again – before he moves to Hull KR – are receding.

Goulding is currently wearing a knee brace to protect the joint.

And coach Shaun Wane reckons it could be another four weeks before he is fit to play – which would take him to the start of the play-offs.

But then, he will face a fresh challenge to earn a place in the team. Dan Sarginson and Anthony Gelling have established themselves in the centre spots in recent weeks.

And with Iain Thornley also inching closer to a return, and Joel Tomkins able to slot into the three-quarters if needed, Goulding may be beaten by the clock.

Wane said: “I would absolutely love to see Daz finish on a high, because he’s given this club great service. But I don’t think it’s going to be that way.”

Goulding, who debuted back in 2005, has figured in 17 games this season.