Oliver Gildart previews Wigan’s Friday night Derby clash with St Helens
The 22-year old centre is in contention to make a return to the Warriors 17-man matchday squad
- Gildart has recovered from a broken thumb ahead of schedule and could take his place on the wing against St Helens
Oliver Gildart could be in-line for an early comeback from a thumb injury after being named in Shaun Wane’s 19-man squad to face St Helens.
Gildart, who broke his thumb in Wigan’s 20-12 loss away to Huddersfield in July, is in contention to make his return to the Cherry & White’s matchday squad ahead of schedule after receiving clearance from a specialist to make his return to action.
The Wigan centre said to Wigan TV: “I missed the Good Friday game against them (St Helens), and I hate missing those big games – it’s no good just sat in the stands - so I’ve been training as hard as a can to get back fit and hopefully I’ll get in the (matchday) squad. I’ve been doing a lot of rehab with Liam Farrell and Tom (O’Malley) and I now have a couple of field sessions under my belt now, so I’m ready to go.”
“If anything (the extra week) has been a blessing for me as I obviously don’t want to miss any St Helens Derby game. The injury was supposed to be between six and eight weeks, but I went to see the specialist a couple of days ago and he gave me the all clear and said that I’m ready to go. The obvious concern was how it would go in contact but I’ve been through that stage and it’s felt good. I’m back early so I’m made up.”
Gildart’s timely return has had added significance due to Liam Marshall’s knee-injury sustained against Catalans Dragons and with Dom Manfredi still short of match practice after his recent return at Reserves level. Earlier this week Warriors’ Head Coach, Shaun Wane hinted in his pre-match press briefings that he is considering using his returning Warrior on the wing for the Derby clash.
On potentially slotting in on the wing in Liam Marshall’s absence, Gildart said he’d be comfortable to do so if selected: “Dom’s been out a long-time, and he’s played a couple of games now but not Super League standard yet so we’ll have to see when he’s ready to come back and if a spot on the wing comes up then I feel that I’m more than capable to do that.”
Click here to watch the full Wigan TV interview with Oliver Gildart head of Friday’s Derby Day clash.