Whelan happy for Warriors to play at DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United: Latics chairman Dave Whelan
Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United: Latics chairman Dave Whelan
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LATICS chairman Dave Whelan says he’d be ‘more than happy’ for Wigan Warriors to play their home Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against St Helens at the DW Stadium next weekend.

And he has advised his Warriors counterpart Ian Lenagan to ‘fight every step of the way’ to make sure that happens.

The venue for the game has been the subject of mystery and speculation since the draw was made yesterday morning, because Wigan Athletic entertain Wolves on Sunday week in their final Premier League clash.

The BBC has priority over which Challenge Cup game it will televise in its Saturday afternoon slot and, unsurprisingly, has picked the Wigan-Saints derby.

Premier League regulations mean the game would be unable to be staged at the DW just 24 hours before the Latics game - but Whelan says a Friday night slot would provide an ideal solution.

However, the broadcaster would be loathe to surrender such a mouth-watering clash to rivals Sky - hence the current impasse.

“It’s not my issue to resolve, but I have been encouraging Ian Lenagan to fight them every bit of the way,” Whelan told the Evening Post this afternoon.

“I have no problems at all with Wigan Warriors playing the game on Friday night, and us playing on the Sunday.

“Wigan have drawn St Helens at home. They want to play it at home on Friday night, and they should be allowed to do that.”