Sarginson settling into new life as a Warrior

Wigan Warriors pre-season training at Central Park, Montrose Avenue, Norley Hall: New signing Dan Sarginson (right)
Wigan Warriors pre-season training at Central Park, Montrose Avenue, Norley Hall: New signing Dan Sarginson (right)

DAN Sarginson will be happy to be Wigan’s Mr. Versatile next season if it provides a pathway to the first-team.

The 20-year-old started training with his new team-mates this week, ahead of the official start of pre-season on Monday.

Sarginson, one of six signings for 2014, filled a variety of roles at former club London Broncos and is happy with his utility tag – anddoesn’t see himself as Pat Richards’ left-wing successor.

He said: “I don’t mind where I play. I prefer centre or full-back, but I can fill in anywhere and I’m happy to do that.

“As long a I’m on the field I’ll rip in.

There’s a wing spot going but I’m not sure about that, I’ve got a bit slower over the years, and I’m saying like that as an old man!”

Sarginson was joined by fellow new recruits Sam Hopkins (Leigh) and John Bateman (Bradford) on the training pitch yesterday.

Tony Clubb, Eddy Pettybourne and Matt Bowen will filter in over the coming weeks.

“Both days have been tough, it’s been a bit of an eye-opener and these are light sessions, but it’s been good to get in with the boys and rip in,” said Sarginson.

“I had my time off and I was ready to come back.

“I knew a few of the lads already from the England Knights set-up, but they’ve all made me feel welcome.”

When his capture was confirmed, many fans could have been forgiven for expecting another Australian accent in the squad.

But Perth-born Sarginson has spent most of his life in Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, and his voice is laced with Cockney tones.

“My mum’s English, my dad’s a Kiwi and I was born in Australia, so I’ve got a bit of everything I suppose,” he said.

“I moved over here when I was two or three, and I played union for Saracens and league for London – or Harlequins as they were then – and decided to go with league.”

The Broncos face an uncertain future in Super League.

Many of last season’s squad has departed, head of youth Phil Jones has moved to Warrington and club owner David Hughes has given no indication whether there will be a Super League presence in the capital next season.

Officials from the RFL have already met to discuss contingencies for next year - either to replace the Broncos in the top-flight, or run with a 13-team division.

“When most of the staff got laid off this year it was sad to see them go,” said Sarginson, who has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third in Wigan’s favour.

“It was sad and I just hope they can sort something out.

“They’ve just lost Phil Jones and he brought 20 plus Super League players through, including myself and Keiran Dixon, so it is sad.”

Sarginson has settled into life in Wigan – even if he has been surprised by some of the sights.

“There’ve been a few strange things,” he said. “The other night, it was sub -zero temperature and I saw an ice cream van going about!

“I thought maybe that’s what it’s like up here!”