Wigan Head Coach Ian Millward has named a strong team for Thursday's pre-season friendly at the JJB Stadium against Huddersfield Giants, 7.45pm kick off.
New signing Pat Richards is set to make his debut in the game and Mark Calderwood, Scott Logan, Mickey Higham and Iafeta Paleaaesina will play for the first time in Warriors colours at the JJB. Ian Millward confirmed that,
"Pat will play in the centre after fully recovering from the knee surgery that was necesary after he sustained in last year's Grand Final series.
"Pat is a player who will certainly be a huge hit with the fans and althougth he played wing with Wests, it is my intention to play him more in midfield and to develop his multi-skills.
On the game itself against the Giants, Ian added,
"Unfortunately Kris won't be able to play, neither will Gareth Hock, Bryan Fletcher or young Paul Prescott. Huddersfield will be a great yardstick for us, it will be a tough hit out and just what we need ahead of our trip to Catalans Dragons."
The Warriors side to face Huddersfield Giants on Thursday is:-
Chris Ashton, Mark Calderwood, Pat Richards, David Vaealiki, Brett Dallas, Danny Orr, Dennis Moran, Scott Logan, Mickey Higham,Iafeta Paleaaesina, Harrison Hansen, Danny Tickle, Sean O'Loughlin .
Subs - Jerry Seuseu, Wayne Godwin, Bryn Hargreaves, Joel Tomkins.