Oliver Gildart’s pre-season blog
Wigan centre providing weekly updates as team prepare for 2018 season
- Oli says the players have started running training this week as they look to build their fitness
Throughout the pre-season we are catching up with the 2017 Super League young player of the year, Oliver Gildart for an insight on the squad’s preparations for 2018.
Pre-Season. Week 4.
Hi everyone, hope you’re all well.
This past week was our first running block so on Monday we headed up to Worthington Lakes to do a 5k warm up and six 1k efforts which was tough. A few of us including myself were feeling it in our lungs but it was good to get back out there and finally get running again.
We’re still doing two weight sessions each day too plus three running sessions a week as well as a wrestling session.
Personally, I am probably further ahead than where I thought I would be at this point. Since I’ve come back I am heavier and feeling a lot stronger so I’m pretty pleased with that. We just need to push hard now and get these last two weeks done before Christmas and then we should be ready to go by the New Year.
This year, we will train up until Christmas Eve and then come back in the New Year on the 2nd January. We will then be back into more rugby based sessions and look at team structure to get us ready for the pre-season games.
The club revealed the pre-season games for next year recently starting with a Wigan Select XIII competing against London Skolars in the Capital Challenge. We will then head to Leigh Sports Village to face Leigh and finish at Swinton before the big kick off on 2nd February. It’s nice to see the games coming closer now as after a while you just want to get out there and play rugby and it also gives you something to aim for.
Some of our academy lads are out in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, doing a variety of fitness and rugby sessions to prepare them for their new season. Personally, I think pre-season is great for the young players as they get the chance to play against men and that was the same for me and it was a bit of an eye opener. It is good experience for them and if they are called up to the first team then that will come naturally to them.
Other news surrounding the club includes the Joining Jack legends team winning the Dubai 7s Veterans tournament. I followed the games on Twitter, as they won all three of their group games without conceding a point! It’s brilliant as the club and the charity have been close in the last few years and for former players of the Warriors to go and do that is a great occasion and I know that everyone at the club congratulates them on their success.
Also, our Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, was recently recognised for his services to the game as he received an Honorary Fellowship from UCLan. He’s a born and bred Wiganer, he’s had a great career and does great things for the club now and this is another outstanding achievement, congratulations Rads!
See you next week,