PAT Richards joined up with the Warriors last week and is already looking forward to the new season."There are a few new players at the club and that has made things a bit easier, all the boys are really welcoming.I have done the hills run with Steve Walsh, I only had to do it four times, it is great fun" Richards said after his first week with the Club.Looking back on his time at Wests, Pat finished the campaign with a Grand Final win over the Cowboys and admitted it was a great way to end his time with the club,"It was fabulous to end with the Premiership and I have come over here to try and do something similar. I wasn't really sure if I would make that game because I picked an ankle and knee injury the week before, I was just glad I got on the field and was able to play my part.""We were the underdogs and everyone had written us off but we all had the self belief we could win it."On deciding to sign for Wigan Pat added,"Wigan are such a great club and when I heard of their interest I decided I wanted to come here. I was just excited about the whole experience to play in another country. I spoke to a number of players back home about the move and that made my decision easier, they had nothing but good things to say about England and about the Wigan club."Pat came through the ranks at Parramatta before joing Wests where he spent two years. In the past has primarily played on the wing or at full back but is likely to figure mainly in the Centres for the Warriors."Tim Sheens always said that I would end up playing in the Centres and it is a position I am looking forward to."Pat has Irish ancestory and admits he will be making a visit to Dublin and is hoping some of his relatives will be making the short trip across the Irish Sea to watch him once the season gets underway. After the end of the NRL campaign Pat underwent a minor operation on his knee but is now back fully fit and looking forward to the pre-season fixtures and the big engage Super League kick off on 11th February at Les Catalans Dragons
WIGAN Warriors will be chartering a second plane to take fans to the first game of the new season against Les Catalans Dragons on Saturday 11th February 2006. (7.05pm kick off CET).The first aircraft SOLD OUT and the club have experienced unprecedented interest from fans wanting to travel to this historic clash.We can confirm that the return flight (as with the first plane) will depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignan. Coach transfers to the game will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 11th February, and return the same day after the game (times to be confirmed). Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices will be confirmed in due course.The cost of this package will be ?212.00 including meals, taxes and transfers. On booking confirmation we will require a ?50 non-refundable deposit with the balance due 4 weeks prior to the game.(There is a slight increase in cost for this second aircraft due to limited availability of aircraft on this day.)Anyone wishing to book, on a first come first served basis, should call our official travel partner Flight Options on 0207 8218112 (opening hours 9.00am - 6.00pm Monday-Friday, 10.00am - 2pm Saturday) and speak to Rachel, Mike, Nikki or Paul.Bookings made by credit card will incur a charge of 1.5%. You will be responsible for your own transport to Manchester Airport. The agent operating the flight on our behalf is ATOL registered, number 4233.- - - - -Bradford Bulls have an opportunity to charter a plane to take supporters to Perpignon for our game with Catalans Dragons on Saturday March 4th. This would be subject to there being enough supporters wanting to make the trip.The return flight would depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignon. Coach transfers to the game in Perpignon will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 4th March and return the same day after the game. Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices for the game will be confirmed in due course.The cost of the package is ?199 including in flight meals, taxes and transfers. A non refundable deposit of ?50.00is payable on booking with the balance due four weeks prior to departure.Any supporter interested in taking advantage of this offer should contact Angeline Robinson as soon as possible on 01274 762313. Flight Options PLC ATOL Reg No 423
WIGAN Warriors are delighted to announce their squad and numbers for the 2006 season.Most notably Sean O?Loughlin will step into the number 13 shirt vacated by brother-in-law Andrew Farrell who left the club in 2005.Elsewhere, new signings Mark Calderwood and Pat Richards will wear numbers 2 and 3 respectively, while hooker Micky Higham will wear the number 9 shirt. Forward Iefeta Palea?aesina is given the number 10 shirt, Scott Logan the number 8 shirt, and Bryan Fletcher the number 12 shirt.Bryn Hargreaves and Harrison Hansen have been rewarded for their progression to first team status. Hargreaves will wear the number 16 jersey (was 27), and Hansen has moved from squad number 20 to 19.Head Coach Ian Millward said:?I am delighted with our 28 man squad for next season. We have a fantastic mixture of experience as well as a number of quality youngsters. Sixteen out of the twenty eight are local boys. Our squad is bigger in numbers due to our commitment to have more juniors in our top squad.?Squad List in full:1. KRIS RADLINSKI2. MARK CALDERWOOD3. PAT RICHARDS4. DAVID VAEALIKI5. BRETT DALLAS6. DANNY ORR7. DENNIS MORAN8. SCOTT LOGAN9. MICK HIGHAM10. IAFETA PALEA?AESINA11. GARETH HOCK12. BRYAN FLETCHER13. SEAN O?LOUGHLIN14. KEVIN BROWN15. DANNY TICKLE16. BRYN HARGREAVES17. JERRY SEUSEU18. WAYNE GODWIN19. HARRISON HANSEN21. CHRIS MELLING22. JOEL TOMKINS23. PAUL PRESCOTT24. DARRELL GOULDING25. SEAN GLEESON26. JOHN WALKER27. THOMAS COYLE28. MICHAEL MCILORUM29. CHRIS ASHTONWarriors season tickets are now on sale for the 2006 season, with the renewal deadline on Friday at 5pm, and reserved seats go on general sale on Monday at 9am.Fans can purchase their season tickets by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0870 11-22-552, in person at the JJB Stadium Ticket Office, or by posting their application form to the JJB Stadium Ticket Office. For full details on season ticket packages [click here].The new 2006 Wigan Warriors playing kit, manufactured by JJB, will be officially launched on Thursday 17th November at the JJB store on Robin Park and at the JJB Soccerdome on Stadium Way in Wigan. First team players will be at the Robin Park store to celebrate the launch with the shirt sale that night. It will go on general sale on Friday 18th November from over 20 other JJB Stores and the Warriors Lotto Shop in Wigan Town Centre.- - - - -Thanks to Wigan Warriors E-News for these details.
WIGAN Warriors have received another huge injury blow with the news that Captain and Great Britain full back Kris Radlinski will miss the rest of the season.
WIGAN head coach Ian Millward is looking to build on Wigan's two recent victories over the Leigh Centurions and the Warrington Wolves last Saturday at the JJB Stadium.
FOLLOWING the capture of Australian forward Bryan Fletcher, Wigan today announced that they have signed West Tigers Winger Pat Richards for the 2006 and 2007seasons.
WIGAN today completed the loan transfer of Wayne McDonald from Leeds Rhinos. Wayne has joined the club until the end of the season and goes into the Warriors squad for Friday's engage Super League game at Bradford Bulls, 8pm kick off.
WIGAN host World Club Champions the Leeds Rhinos at the JJB Stadium on Friday in round 10 of the engage Super League,8pm kick off.
WIGAN are set to release financial accounts for the year 2004 which will show a six figure profit.The accounts will show a net profit of ?110,000.
WIGAN Coach Denis Betts today confirmed that Great Britain Winger Brian Carney will be sidelined for upto six weeks with a knee injury which he picked up in the final minute in the game against Leigh last Friday.