Shaun Wane has today announced his 19 man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round 25 game with Widnes Vikings.

Michael McIlorum (broken arm) and Iain Thornley (torn pectoral) both return to the squad after lengthy spells on the sidelines. McIlorum has been out of action since the Widnes home fixture back in June whilst Thornley returns to the side for his first appearance since Good Friday when the Warriors recorded a 33-14 win over St Helens.

Shaun Wane said: “It’s great to have two key personnel in Micky and Iain returning to us at this vital stage of the season. We’ve done it tough for large parts of the year but are getting bodies back just when we need them. Competition for places is tough now and my players know they need to train well and play well to get in the team.

“It is a really important game for us, and we are treating it like a Grand Final because we want to try to win the League Leaders Shield, we need a victory to give ourselves a chance to finish top the table.”

He added: “I understand that Widnes have pinpointed this game as a must win and we are exactly the same, so it has the makings of a really tough encounter. I want us to start well with a fast pace as when we do that we normally perform well.”

The Warriors boss spoke further on the season run in saying: “We have three really tough games left, but I am glad about that as we will be battle hardened going into the play-offs. I want us to win all three games and I want us to win them the Wigan Way. If we can do that then we will go into the end of season fixtures full of confidence.”

The 19 man squad for the game with Widnes Vikings is as follows (in alphabetical order):

John Bateman, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Jamie Doran, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Jordan James, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Eddy Pettybourne, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley


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