By Alastair Hancock
Liam Farrell looks back on a special day as Wigan Warriors faced Leeds Rhinos in his testimonial fixture on Sunday afternoon.
The second row celebrated ten years at his hometown club with a pre-season friendly at the DW Stadium.
- Farrell: “I tried to focus on my training during the week, but at the same time I was also looking forward to the game and everything went so quick and it’s been a very good day.”
Liam Farrell admits it has been a week different to many during his ten years at Wigan Warriors as the one-club man celebrated his testimonial fixture on Sunday.
Despite the result not being part of the ideal scenario - with Leeds Rhinos defeating the Warriors 10-22 at the DW Stadium - Farrell was still smiling at the end of the game and was upbeat on how his team performed, as 26 players were involved in the matchday squad.
Farrell said: “It’s been a weird week – all the build up to it and getting a lot of congratulations from people and trying to take it all in. The game came around so quick, but on the flip side of that I was excited to see how the team was going to go. There’s a lot of new faces and I thought the first 40 minutes we played pretty well.
“I tried to focus on my training during the week, but at the same time I was also looking forward to the game and everything went so quick and it’s been a very good day.”
The second row left the field and walked straight down the tunnel early in the second half, but he assured questions, stating it was “more of precaution than anything” and that he is “feeling fine now”.
With less than two weeks to go until the Betfred Super League opener against Warrington Wolves, Farrell hopes an increase in pre-season intensity this year has prepped his team for a positive start to the new campaign.
He said: “Every year you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a lot of running and time in the gym – I think this year has been really intense. We’ve had a lot of players in years gone by that have been missing, but there’s only been a few this year and I think that’s going to help us at the start of the season – where it didn’t last season.
“The intensity in how we’ve trained has been really good and since the start of the new year having the team together, we’ve looked really sharp.
“To comment on Bevan (French) at full-back today (Sunday) - he looked great for us. The more we can get the 6, 7, 9 and 1 together we’re going to look even better.”
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