WIGAN were today expected to confirm they will face Warrington this Wednesday evening.
The players were given an unexpected day off yesterday when their friendly at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium was postponed because of a frozen pitch.
Officials had no choice but to call-off the match – a testimonial for Wolves and ex-Warriors hooker Jon Clarke – following an inspection yesterday morning.
Coach Michael Maguire said: “It’s a shame we didn’t play, all the boys were looking forward to it but we can’t do anything about Mother Nature.
“We’ll make sure we prepare properly and hopefully it will go ahead on Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, Cameron Phelps said yesterday he was hopeful of securing his future soon, but didn’t reveal which club had offered him a career lifeline. The utility back has been without a club since being released by Wigan at the end of last season.
Of the clubs in Super League, Hull FC, Catalans, Harlequins and Bradford – as well as Wigan – have available spots on their overseas quotas.
Phelps, who is now back in Sydney, was last week linked with Hull FC after their promising half-back Danny Nicklas was ruled out for the entire season with a knee ligament injury. Hull have been looking to bolster their backs division and with question marks hanging over how much of the season veteran half-back Sean Long and Richard Horne will play, a move for the versatile Phelps would have appeared a good fit.
But Hull officials insist they have not enquired for the ex-Canterbury Bulldogs ace.
Phelps played in all the backline positions as well as stand-off and hooker during his time at Wigan, impressing particularly at full-back.
He started 2010 in great form but a cruel knee injury derailed his campaign, and he was unable to force his way back into Michael Maguire’s side by the end of the season, his last game in Wigan’s colours being the Under-20s Grand Final last September.