New recruit Joe Greenwood is set for a baptism of fire.
He trained with his new team-mates yesterday – less than 24 hours after arriving from Australia.
And the ex-St Helens and Gold Coast forward has done enough to go straight into Shaun Wane’s plans for Thursday’s clash against Leeds. Wane said the prospects of him making a debut are “very good”.
“He trained really well and I want to see him play, he’s mentally ready,” said Wane.
Greenwood has signed a three-and-half-year deal – thought to be as a replacement for John Bateman, who is set to leave at the end of the year to join Canberra.
Asked what he will bring to his side, Wane said: “He hits holes well, he’s a good line runner – he’ll be a big asset to us.
“He’s just arrived from Australia so I’m not expecting everything straight away, but I’m excited about seeing him play.”
Wane said Dan Sarginson’s knee injury is not as bad as first feared but he won’t be fit to face the Rhinos.
Liam Farrell will return to the mix and Wane will decide today whether to include Sean O’Loughlin and John Bateman after playing for England in America last Saturday.
Meanwhile, a League Express report suggesting Thomas Leuluai and George Williams with moves to Catalans are thought to be wide of the mark.
Wigan, as a rule, do not comment on speculation and rumours but club sources say both players are committed to the Warriors and the plan is still for Leuluai to join the club’s coaching staff when he hangs up his boots.
Wigan will wear a commemorative poppy jersey (inset) against Leeds.
A limited number of replicas are being sold with £10 from each shirt going to the Royal British Legion.