Wane hands teenager a big chance

Oliver Gildart is in Wigan's 19-man squad
Oliver Gildart is in Wigan's 19-man squad

TEENAGE centre Oliver Gildart is in line to make his Wigan debut.

The 19-year-old has been drafted into the Warriors squad for Friday’s game at Warrington in place of Kiwi Anthony Gelling, who has a rib problem.

England academy international Gildart, son of ex-Wigan player Ian, played three times for Salford on loan earlier this year.

Coach Shaun Wane will decide after captain’s run tomorrow whether to include Micky McIlorum in his team to face Warrington.

The hooker was cleared of any long-term damage following an eye injury in the 25-18 loss at Leeds last Friday.

But Wane may give the tough No.9 more time to recover.

Sam Powell is likely to be promoted from the bench as replacement if McIlorum misses out.

Winger Joe Burgess has not fully recovered from a leg injury which has ruled him out of the last two games, and is missing from the 19-man squad, as is Taulima Tautai.

Warriors 19-man squad: Bateman, Bowen, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Hampshire, Manfredi, McIlorum, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Patrick, Powell, Smith, Sutton, Tomkins, Williams.

Wolves 19-man squad: Asotasi, Atkins, Clark, Currie, Dwyer, Harrison, Hill, King, Monaghan, Myler, O’Brien, Penny, Philbin, Ratchford, Sandow, Sims, Westwood, Wheeler, Wilde.

Referee: Robert Hicks.