Shaun Wane may have left, but Tom Davies didn’t avoid a frank review of his Grand Final performance!
Saturday’s 12-4 victory was, of course, the only match which departing coach Wane did not scrutinise with his squad.
But try-scoring winger Davies said he still had his display picked apart by his dad, Dave.
He said: “My dad is my biggest fan but he’s also my biggest critic.
“Usually I’ll have a review with Waney on a Monday and then another review with my dad on Monday night!”
Asked whether he avoided his dad’s scrutiny when he watched the Grand Final back, Davies smiled: “Oh no, I still had a Dave review!
“Without a doubt!
“He’ll ask questions like, ‘What were you doing for their try? Why did you come out the line?’
“But he was happy I got the try and happy we got the win, obviously.
“It’s still not sunk in, I have to pinch myself, it’s a massive experience in life and to come out as a winner is the greatest feeling ever.”
Davies cut short the Grand Final celebrations on Sunday night, confessing he sneaked off for a burger and returned home.
“I’m not a big drinker, I can’t do two sessions in a row,” he said.
He had another reason to remain fresh, having linked-up with the England Knights squad on Wednesday for a training session at Leigh Sports Village ahead of their flight Down Under the following day.
And for Davies, heading to the LSV with a representative squad – so soon after winning a Super League title – proved a surreal experience.
He explained: “I used to work at the LSV Arena until I was 18, doing a bit of everything – moving nets around, answering phones, a bit of a labouring.
“It was good to see some of the staff again.
“I remember when I first started working there, the Knights were training and so to be there now, as a member of the Knights squad, is quite surreal.” The Knights will train in Brisbane for a week before flying to Papua New Guinea for two internationals.
Davies wasn’t sporting his winner’s ring. Asked whether that was to show humility given there are Warrington players in the Knights squad, he replied: “No, my mum took it off me.
“She said, ‘You’ll end up losing it somewhere’, and so she’s hidden it away’.” Wigan’s England internationals will link-up with the national squad today.
Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, George Williams, John Bateman, Oliver Gildart and Joe Greenwood are in Wayne Bennett’s panel for the three Test series against New Zealand, which starts a week tomorrow.