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Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:30 pm  

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Realistic hopes/expectations for me 3rd to 4th, more entertainment, more variety and innovation in our attack and more competitive games against the top sides. I think the problem Peet faces is there will always be a section of the Wigan fanbase who won't have realistic expectations - for them it will always be a case of win a trophy = success, win nothing = failure. I don't think that's a fair way of looking at things, particularly as the squad on paper does not look to match up with St Helens and Catalans (despite the improvements made). I'm sure the coaching team will move us in the right direction but they can't work miracles.

The reality is if I were to pick a combined Wigan/Saints side today there would be a maximum of 3 Wigan players in it (French, Farrell and Bateman) and that would be pushing it considering French has barely played for us over the last year and Bateman's form was poor in 2021. I think the point at which we know we're truly back competing for titles is when we can reasonably say we would pick more players in such a combined team. Whether any of the new signings would get in there we will only be able to assess when we see them play. Then you have to assess if any of our younger players have enough untapped potential within them that they could conceivably compete for a place in the (fictional) team. Havard and KPP would have to be contenders for that and I also think Byrne and Smithies have a lot more in them. Less convinced in Partington, Shorrocks, Halsall and Hanley. Outside of that we can only look to further recruitment and higher quality academy products down the road to bridge the gap.
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:41 pm  

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I’m quite optimistic about the season ahead. I’m really looking forward to seeing the new players in action and I think a fit Jai Field will be a serious strike weapon for us.

In my opinion we have a better squad this year than last season…the only loss I was bothered about was Hastings, and I feel like we’ve got a very good replacement in Cust.

We finished 4th last season playing with a pack getting totally bullied every week, a team with absolutely zero creativity , players playing out of position due to a long injury list and so on… so surely we should realistically be looking for top three and having a good crack at trophies this year?
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:46 pm  

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I’d be mightily surprised if it isn’t between Saints and Cats this season. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Wigan push them closer than my boys (wire) as we’ve got a new coach to bed in and a squad seriously short of decent props sadly. Joe Bullock is being touted as the saviour, that’s how bad it is!
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:19 pm  
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Top four at least.
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:26 pm  

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I think we are in the mix as usual. Wigan or Saints this year.
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expect nothing, anything more is better

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And there is the Warrington motto in a nutshell. No wonder we were dog dirt for 20 years

madoggy wrote:
hope saints win it, if wigan dont win another league title for 100 years they would still have more than everyone :wink:
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:28 pm  

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I'd just like to see a brand of rugby that makes me want to go and watch live games again as it's a 4 hour round trip for me and that simply hasn't been appealing the last 2 seasons.
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Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:17 pm  

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The messages from the club are very positive and During the off season that's what you'd expect anyway.

Early on we had an interview from Waney and spoke about the need to clear our yardage. That was one of our main problems last year. With pressure on us and a good kick we were often coming off our own line and ending nowhere near the 30. That is where our game seem to fall apart and then matters got only worse. Having a dh when 2 yards off your own line is nonsense but that's what Lam wanted it seems.

We now have a bigger and more mobile front row, that will make a difference. Surely Bateman and Farrell will have a better season that could make a massive difference. If Field is at fb with Cust at 6 then that is pace in the middle which has the potential to be devastating. Last season we had no structure, creativity or go forward. None of those problems from last year should occur this time around.

I think we'll have a good season and certainly end up top four if not higher. We will have as good a chance of the C Cup as anyone as so much depends on the draw.
Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:37 pm  

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Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:30 pm  

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Re: Realistic expectations this season? Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:48 pm  

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Id be happy with a CC final appearance


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