Why Wigan Warriors' Oliver Gildart believes he can make "loads of improvement"

Oliver Gildart has not shied away from setting himself a high target for 2019 – boldly declaring he wants to be the best centre in Super League.

Friday, 25th January 2019, 9:52 am
Updated Friday, 25th January 2019, 10:58 am
Oliver Gildart at the Super League launch yesterday

The 22-year-old already has two titles, a World Club Challenge triumph and England honours on his glittering CV.

But he still believes he has “loads of improvement” and hopes he can reach a higher level this season.

Super League has plenty of quality centres, with recruits Konrad Hurrell (Leeds) and Kevin Naiqama (St Helens) joining homegrown three-quarters such as Kallum Watkins, Mark Percival and Jake Connor.

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And Gildart has set his target on being the best of an exciting crop.

“I’ve got loads of improvement in me – other than win Wembley, I’ve done quite a lot already,” he said.

“But I want to be more consistent – I need to be the best centre in the league every week. I learned that from (England coach) Wayne Bennett.

“I don’t think I dip off much anyway, but I want to be challenging every week. I like studying up, I like watching video of who I’m up against – and I’ll always do that.

“I used to go into a game thinking, ‘I’m playing him this week’, but I’m more comfortable now. Hopefully now they worry as much about me as I do about them.”

Gildart figured in Sunday’s 28-18 friendly win at Salford and like most of the front-line players, has been rested for Saturday's final friendly at Barrow.