Preccy excited about a lucky ‘13

Wigan's Paul Prescott
Wigan's Paul Prescott

PAUL Prescott reckons this is an “exciting” time for the club.

A clutch of established stars departed at the end of last season.

Vastly-experienced overseas players Thomas Leuluai, George Carmont, Jeff Lima and Brett Finch were followed through the exit door by enforcer Stuart Fielden.

And with only two players recruited – Hull KR pair Blake Green and Scott Taylor – it has created plenty of opportunities in the side, something which Prescott believes will make for fascinating viewing in 2013. He said: “What’s exciting about this squad is there are opportunities for people to step up.

“We’ve got a new halfback partnership, a new prop has come in. Centre-wise, we have Jack (Hughes) and Iain Thornley – two young, Wigan lads – competing for a spot, and maybe someone else could step in there too.

“It’s exciting to be involved in it. The players who have come in are all quality. Matty Smith came in at the back end of last season and he’ll show what he can do, Blake has settled in really well and Scott is hungry and getting stuck in.

“If this squad stay honest with each other as a group, and continue to work hard, there’s no reason why we can’t have a fantastic season.

“But it depends on people stepping up – myself included.”

With Lima and Fielden leaving, Prescott has found that – at 26 – he is the second oldest prop in the squad behind 28-year-old Epa Lauaki.

Ben Flower (25), Lee Mossop (23), Gil Dudson (22) and new-boy Taylor (21) complete the clutch of front-rowers.

And academy-product Prescott, preparing for his 10th season in the first-team, has put a bigger onus on himself to play a senior role.

He said: “It’s kind of sneaked up on me. I know Pat (Richards) is filthy at being the oldest in the squad, he and Lockers are the only 30-year-olds here now.

“It’s time for me step up.

“I definitely feel a responsibility, just like all the senior lads who have been here a long time.

“We’ve got to try to create a continuous environment and so the people who come here know what is expected of a Wigan player.”