Thursday 30 January
Mikolaj Oledzki says he is ready to make significant steps forward int terms of his performances in 2020 after an admittedly disappointing season last year personally. The 21 year old told Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith: “I felt I left last season on bad terms because I didn’t finish where I wanted to be personally. I have had a really good pre-season, I think. I managed to play in a few friendlies and put those things right, put myself in a good place to compete for that spot in the team. I feel like I am in a really good position individually and as a team we are as well for the start of the season.”
Sean O’Loughlin is hoping for a big year in his final season with Wigan having enjoyed the novelty of starting pre-season from day one after years previously spent on international duty. “In previous years, you’re only really involved from the start of December, but this time I’ve been in since day dot. My pre-season probably differs from the rest of the lads, there’s bits I haven’t done on the field, and then catch up in the gym, and vice versa. But I’ve very much enjoyed it, and hopefully it’s a big year ahead,” he said to Wigan Today’s Paul Kendrick.
Tom Johnstone, who is fit again after nearly a year out with a knee injury, believes his Wakefield side can make big strides this season having improved the depth of their squad. He told Wakefield Express’ Peter Smith: “We are very confident within the group about what we can produce this year. We had a good squad last year and we’ve brought in more experience with Jay Pitts, Joe Westerman and people like that. They are good leaders and we’ve gone with a bigger, more experienced squad so if we lose a starting player we have got someone just as capable who can step in.”
Adam Swift is confident his new club Hull FC have the quality in their side to match his old club St Helens, but is adamant they must back up their talent with effort to achieve success. “You just need to look at the squad we’ve got here, there’s talent right across the board. But with that talent comes effort and with that effort comes being conditioned to put the effort in. I think Paul Hatton has done a wonderful pre-season camp with us this year and that’s put out best foot forward to maintain the high levels of effort. It doesn’t matter how much talent you’ve got, if you’ve not the effort to put it then it doesn’t really shine,” he said to William Jackson of Hull Daily Mail.
Jake Bibby has little doubt that his fellow new Wigan teammate Jackson Hastings will light up the Super League again this year in his new colours after being crowned Man of Steel whilst at Salford last season. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “When he arrived at Salford he set the whole place alight, and I think you’ll see that here as well. I reported back before him, but when he came into the building there was suddenly this energy about the place. The other new lads too are all great additions and we’re determined to do something this year.”