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Oliver Gildart plays his final game at the DW Stadium on Thursday when Wigan Warriors face Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League elimination play-off; the England international will join NRL side Wests Tigers at the end of the season

Last Updated: 22/09/21 10:07am

Oliver Gildart is joining Wests Tigers next season

Oliver Gildart is joining Wests Tigers next season

Wigan centre Oliver Gildart will bid a fond farewell to the DW Stadium on Thursday night but is desperately hoping he can emulate a host of his old team-mates with a grand departure at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old England international is ending his seven-year stint with his hometown club at the end of the season, which will come on Thursday if they fail to beat Leeds in the first Super League elimination play-off.

Gildart, who along with team-mate Jackson Hastings will be joining Wests Tigers in the NRL for 2022, is hoping to match the achievements of Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley and John Bateman, who all won a Grand Final ring in their last matches for the Warriors before moving on.

There is also an opportunity for the Wigan players to send departing coach Adrian Lam out on a high, just as they did with his predecessor Shaun Wane in 2018.

Stevie Ward makes his predictions ahead of Leeds Rhinos' play-off eliminator against Wigan Warriors, live on Sky Sports

Stevie Ward makes his predictions ahead of Leeds Rhinos’ play-off eliminator against Wigan Warriors, live on Sky Sports

Stevie Ward makes his predictions ahead of Leeds Rhinos’ play-off eliminator against Wigan Warriors, live on Sky Sports

“It’s made me reflect on my time here at Wigan,” Gildart said during a visit to his old amateur club Hindley ARFLC as part of ‘Pride in the Community’ initiative by Ronseal designed to give back to grassroots rugby communities.

“I’ve had some great memories and I’ve got the opportunity to create one more.

“I remember Waney’s last Grand Final and I played with Sam and Josh and Batty in theirs.

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“It would be an absolute dream way to go out, especially at Old Trafford, but a lot of hard work goes into that. I really hope we can do that.

“I’m trying to enjoy every moment, being around the boys as much as I can, and hopefully I can get to that Grand Final and get another ring.

“It would mean everything, especially with me leaving. I’ve two from four so I’d like to add another ring to my collection.”

Leeds were 14-0 winners when they last visited the DW Stadium in August

Leeds were 14-0 winners when they last visited the DW Stadium in August

Leeds were 14-0 winners when they last visited the DW Stadium in August

Wigan will face a trip to either Catalans Dragons or St Helens if they overcome Leeds after finishing fourth at the end of a less than impressive campaign so far.

“It’s not good enough for us at Wigan,” said Gildart. “We strive to win everything, we want to be the best in everything.

“But it’s been a very difficult season and it’s not ended up too bad. We have a home quarter-final boxed off and anything can happen. People have won it from fourth before.

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on us to get there but there’s something special in our team when it comes to this time of the season, we seem to get the results.”





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