WARRIORS teen Oliver Gildart made an impressive Super League debut yesterday – for Salford.
And Wigan coach Shaun Wane is confident his month’s loan spell at the Red Devils will accelerate his development and inch him closer to his first-team frame.
England academy international Gildart started at centre in a 22-20 loss to Castleford.
Wane said: “Oliver has progressed well and he’s obviously shown enough quality to be brought into our first-team squad.
“But he’s now at the point where he needs to play against men.
“So going to Salford has given him a chance to get some game-time against bigger, physical opponents. The month over there will also tell us a lot about his character, so it’s a good exercise for us.”
The month over there will also tell us a lot about his character, so it’s a good exercise for usShaun Wane
Wane also allowed James Greenwood to join Salford on a month’s loan. The prop, who figured just once for the Warriors this year, also played yesterday for Salford.
Like many fringe players, he is too old for the Under-19s competition –which has no concessions for older players.
While Wane has the option of sending players on dual-registration to Workington, the rules become tighter when the Super 8s begin in July.
Wigan are planning to arrange reserve-level friendlies with other Super League clubs to combat the problem.
“We need to let these players play,” he said. “Larne Patrick has not played in two weeks.
“I think it’ll get to a point of the clubs sorting it between themselves.”