LARNE Patrick says the “intensity” of Wigan’s training has been an eye-opener.
Recruited from Huddersfield on a season-long loan, the tough forward has settled in well to his new home.
And having watched the Warriors’ progress from afar over the past five years – first under Michael Maguire, and more recently Shaun Wane – he says he now understands why the club has enjoyed so much success.
The 26-year-old said: “The intensity that Wigan train at has been new to me. An easy day here is still very intense!
“It’s good because it keeps you on the ball and it’s something I can develop as a player.
“Structurally, every Super League team aspires to be like Wigan and train like Wigan, so to actually come here and be a part of it has been great for me.
“Everyone is getting stuck in, we’re all knuckling down for the start of the season.”
Patrick – who moved from Huddersfield in a deal which saw Jack Hughes go the other way – is one of just three recruits, along with Taulima Tautai and Lee Mossop.
But the latter has only spent 12 months away, leaving just two players who had to get a grip of the Warriors’ way.
“But that’s been helpful, because it’s not like there are eight new players,” added Patrick.
“Everyone else knows the structure and their role, and they’ve been willing to help Taulima and myself adapt, which has been great.”
Wigan fans may see Patrick - a long-time target of Wane’s – in action for the first time next Sunday in a friendly at Leigh.
WIDNES remain keen on Wigan’s out-of-favour prop Gil Dudson.
The Evening Post revealed he was on their radar back in December and, while there has been no movement since, he could still move to the Vikings.
Dudson has turned down an offer from Bradford Bulls and has also attracted the attentions of Catalans Dragons.
He fell out of favour following the capture of three props in the off-season.