Josh: It’s a fresh start

Josh Charnley in action for Wigan
Josh Charnley in action for Wigan

JOSH Charnley hopes Wigan can sprinkle the stardust at St James’ Park – insisting they are treating this Magic Weekend as “a fresh start”.

The Warriors face Leeds in a heavyweight, headlining contest in front of an estimated 40,000 fans in Newcastle on Saturday evening.

And Charnley is confident they have drawn a line under last Saturday’s 58-16 hammering by Catalans.

He said: “We let the fans down and ourselves down. We don’t usually dish up that kind of rubbish, so we’re treating this as a fresh start.

“When we reviewed it, it just didn’t look like us.

“But it’s not a crisis, we know how to play, we know how to defend... it was just one of those days when we turned up and got our backsides kicked.”

Charnley says the players have responded positively, and their preparations for the Magic Weekend have had an extra edge this week.

“The training’s probably been the best it’s been all year,” said the England winger.

“Everyone is relaxed, the mood is good. It’s a new start and hopefully we can get the win and kick on.

“It’s a new venue, it’s exciting... it makes it more special playing in front of 40,000.”

Charnley is back in the side after a spell out of the team, first with injury, and then due to the form of Dom Manfredi before he was sidelined.

“It was frustrating, but it’s good to be back in the squad now,” he said.

A firm crowd-pleaser and one of the game’s most colourful stars , Charnley will sport a new hairstyle on Saturday, having shed his man-bun.

“My hairdresser was getting requests from others, so I knew it was time,” he smiled.