Gildart hopes for more chances

Oliver Gildart and Liam Farrell celebrate a try
Oliver Gildart and Liam Farrell celebrate a try

OLIVER Gildart admits he could hardly have asked for any more from his Wigan debut.

The 19-year-old marked the big occasion in front of the Sky Sports cameras with a try in a 28-0 thumping of rivals Warrington last Friday night.

“I loved it,” he said. “It was a great team performance and it was nice just to play a small part of it.”

Shaun Wane had no hesitation in handing the England academy international a chance after Kiwi centre Anthony Gelling suffered a rib injury.

“The opportunity sprung up and I just wanted to take it with both hands,” said Gildart, who played three matches for Salford on loan earlier this year.

“Shaun told me at the start of the week that I’d be in and I was made up.

“I just want to keep trying my best and work hard and hopefully get another chance at some point.”

While conditions limited chances out wide, Gildart showed flashes of his quality throughout.

He had a try ruled out just before half-time, before crossing the whitewash with a fine try to wrap up the victory following good work by Sean O’Loughlin and George Williams in the build-up.

“I thought the first one was a try, I was buzzing but they chalked it off, so to get over at the end was great,” said Gildart, son of ex-Wigan player Ian.

“I had to catch George up, we always have little competitions to see who’s faster so I had to get there!”

Wigan have no game this weekend, owing to the Challenge Cup Final between Hull KR and Leeds.

They resume action the following Saturday, with a home match against Catalans which Warriors have switched to Millwall, London.

Wane hopes to welcome back Gelling, Joe Burgess and Micky McIlorum into the reckoning.