Flower powers up for Bulls test

Wigan Warriors' Ben Flower
Wigan Warriors' Ben Flower

BEN Flower will be on a mission to make up for lost time when he’s unleashed on Bradford.

The Welsh prop is poised to come in from the cold after three-months on the sidelines.

And Shaun Wane expects him to inject a double-dose of enthusiasm into the outfit as he takes out his frustrations on the Bulls.

Wane said: “Ben is really looking forward to getting back out there.

“He’ll come back stronger and he can really kick us on until the end of the year.”

Flower has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Salford at the end of March.

But he had shown enough encouraging signs in his eight appearances to impress supporters, some of whom had raised eyebrows at the 24-year-old’s capture from Crusaders in the off-season. Wane added: “Ben has shown he’s a really good professional, I’ve been really impressed with him.

“At the level we play at, when you get injuries we have people like Sean O’Loughlin and Pat Richards who are so professional they want to get back earlier, not just on time.

“And Ben has shown me he’s a great professional.”

Flower’s return for Paul Prescott is likely to be the only change to the Wigan side which defeated Widnes 54-12 last Monday.

The build-up to this evening’s non-televised encounter has been dominated by Bradford’s off-field woes, with the once-mighty Super League giants in administration and facing a bleak future.

The Bulls, one of the most decorated clubs in Super League, have less than two weeks to find a buyer and stave off the threat of liquidation.

Yet they are in ninth-spot in the ladder, with only points-difference keeping them out of the play-off spots.

Wane said: “It’s a tribute to Mick Potter, to play the way they’ve been playing during all of this – when their minds might be elsewhere – has been outstanding.

“They’ve had some good results this season.”