Dan Sarginson admits he might have blown his last chance to play at Wembley following Wigan’s Challenge Cup semi-final exit against Hull FC last Friday.
The 22-year-old is heading to Australia at the end of the year to join Gold Coast Titans, after a three-year stint at the DW Stadium.
But with the Challenge Cup no longer in his sights, Sarginson still has the League Leaders’ Shield and the Super League title to aim for, and he hopes stars returning from injury and suspension as the Super 8s takes shape will boost Warriors’ chances of success.
“If I go out there and go on to do something else I might never get the chance to play at Wembley again,” he told the Evening Post.
“I wanted to do it so much with these boys because I know how much it means to them. It’s a shame it wasn’t to be.
“In the next month or so we’re getting some big names back – hopefully we can stay injury-free and with the rest of the team we can come off good.”
Sarginson played on with a broken nose during the 16-12 defeat to Hull, but insists he will be fine to face Wakefield this coming Friday at the DW Stadium for Warriors’ opening Super 8s game.
Coach Shaun Wane will also be welcoming back Josh Charnley from a two-game suspension and potentially Liam Farrell from a rib injury as his selection nightmare starts to ease.
“They’ll probably put some dodgy strapping on my face again but if I’m selected I’ll be fine to play,” joked Sarginson.
“I would have played on with that anyway but we’ve got a few injuries and a few suspensions. Nothing seemed to go our way with that.”
Despite Wigan missing seven first-choice players last weekend, Sarginson felt the squad was capable of getting to the Final, despite its underdog status.
He pointed to the effort in defence the Cherry and Whites gave on the night, but admitted poor attack let them down, a common theme from the past few weeks as Wigan fell to their third straight loss.
“We know Hull are a class side and we needed to take our chances,” he explained.
“I think our defence and our effort were brilliant at times but our attack towards the end and the detail weren’t there – and fair play to them they were brilliant.
“They’re at full strength and they are hard enough to beat with 1-17 in the side but we gave it our best. The effort was there but we were really dumb at times.”
Wigan Warriors Reserves lost 42-20 to Hull FC at Orrell yesterday.