Powell powers into the frame

Andy Powell
Andy Powell

CODE-breaker Andy Powell has powered into the frame for Wigan’s play-off charge.

Shaun Wane confirmed last night he planned to name the Welshman in his squad for Thursday’s visit of Leeds, the last game of the regular season.

Wane was pleased with the 32-year-old’s display in the 34-33 loss against Hull FC last Friday and reckons he has earned a place in his 19-man squad.

He said: “I thought Andy was brilliant – I can’t tell you how pleased I was with his performance.

“He ran the ball hard and he was a handful, and took the juice out of Hull.

“I’ll be looking at him. I think he’s earned another go and he’s a good chance of playing.”

Powell arrived mid-season from Sale Sharks.

He has figured three times for Wigan, though coaches have repeatedly said they expect to see the best of him in 2014 once he has settled into the 13-a-side code and benefited from a pre-season.

Wane added: “I didn’t imagine picking him so soon for a big game like this, but he’s warranted it.

“He’s in front of where we expected him to be with his development.”

Powell could come in for Epa Lauaki, who has dropped out of the frame.

Wane will name his 19-man squad this afternoon and, as revealed yesterday, will see him recall many of his Challenge Cup heroes.

The only doubt surrounds Sean O’Loughlin (calf), who visited a specialist in London yesterday.