As the Super League season draws closer, we look at how Wigan Warriors will go in 2021.
Having come so close to Super League glory last season the Warriors will be desperate to go one better this year.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
John Bateman (Canberra Raiders), Jai Field (Parramatta Eels)
Joe Burgess, Morgan Escare, Jack Wells (Salford Red Devils), Ben Flower, Craig Mullen (Leigh Centurions), George Burgess (released), Chris Hankinson (London Broncos on loan), Joe Greenwood (Huddersfield Giants), Sean O’Loughlin (retired), Harry Rushton (Canberra Raiders), Jake Shorrocks, Nathan Wilde, Josh Woods (Newcastle Thunder), James Barran, Ben Holcroft, Max Roberts (Oldham RLFC).
Leigh Centurions (A), Wakefield Trinity (H), Leeds Rhinos (A), Castleford Tigers (H), Hull FC (H).
WHAT TO EXPECT
Wigan couldn’t have come much closer to winning the competition last season and will no doubt be confident of claiming Grand Final glory in 2021. Adrian Lam’s side took a big step forward by winning the League Leaders’ Shield last term, and should end St Helens recent dominance by going one step further this season.
Keeping hold of Jackson Hastings for another season might be the best piece of business Wigan did in the off-season. The Australian has been one Super League’s most consistent performers over the last two seasons and contributed 18 try assists last term.
The Warriors may only have signed two players during the off-season, but boy should they make a difference. John Bateman’s return to the club will help deal with the loss of long-serving captain Sean O’Loughlin, and looks a better player following a hugely successful stint in the NRL. Jai Field is another exciting addition to the squad and gives Lam another option at both half-back and full-back.
Wigan have a nice start to the season and should be able to pull clear of some of their title rivals with July looking like the club’s trickiest month of fixtures.
Top Tryscorer – Dom Manfredi
Top Pointscorer – Zak Hardaker
Club Player of the Year – John Bateman