Wane’s derby message to new players

Wigan celebrate Matty Bowen's try against Hull KR
Wigan celebrate Matty Bowen's try against Hull KR

NEW Warriors troops heading to Warrington tonight go with an important message ringing in their ears.

Wigan boss Shaun Wane is a veteran of monster battles between the sides in years gone by and more recently as head coach.

And for John Bateman, Matty Bowen, Tony Clubb and Jordan James, the 2014 recruits in the 19-man squad for tonight’s clash, (kick-off 8pm Sky Sports 1) their message is simple.

“The likes of Tony Clubb and other new lads – it’s a very special game for them to come into and I expect a good performance from them,” said Wane.

“We’ll be going there with a really good attitude.”

Wigan are looking for a first league win since 2010 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and although Wane is missing heavy artillery in Sean O’Loughlin (shoulder) and Michael McIlorum (suspended) he wants a memorable win to kickstart the new campaign.

“No disrespect to Wakefield and Hull KIR but this will be our biggest game so far this season and without Lockers, Mickey Mac, it will be a good lift for us and just what we need at this time of the year.”

l Warriors have confirmed their Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Dewsbury will take place on Friday, April 4 with an 8pm kick off.

Ticket details will be announced in the coming days.

l John Winders under-19s take on Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tonight as a curtain raiser to the Super League clash. Kickoff, 5pm.