Do not miss your eight-page Warriors pullout in today’s Wigan Post I have actually got to give Frank credit.I’ve simply been away from home for two weeks and I missed my missus and kid. When he came back for pre-season, his family remained in Australia, and that should have been actually tough for him.But I can honestly state you wouldn’t have actually understood it from the way he carried himself. He ripped into training– if anything, he remained in much better shape than 12 months earlier– and he was the same ol’ Frank, helping out the more youthful blokes. Being among the senior figures, it was great to have him around the place.He was a popular member of the team and I want him well.We just landed back from Australia on Monday. The jet-lag hasn’t been too bad– Wigan gave us
recommendations on how best to handle it, and it does not seem as bad coming this way.We’ll certainly not be using the travel as an excuse ahead of tomorrow
‘s game at Warrington.In a way, it’s assisted having a huge derby like this to come back to, due to the fact that no-one needs to get up for this one. This has actually sharpened the minds since we understand if we don’t turn up, we will get burned, and everyone is looking forward it.We had a terrific tour Down Under.It was a great experience for everyone, however especially for our more youthful players. Some of them got to play long-minutes against South Sydney, which was great for them and their development.As well as the 2 games, the journey was like a mini-pre-season camp, too.We had a long pre-season in the house, however we didn’t have a camp away– besides a journey to
Wales– and this trip actually brought us closer together. I think a few of the lads were
fed up with each other after 2 weeks! However seriously, it’s been actually good for group spirit and to have the chance to train on some hard, dry pitches in good weather.And now it’s about ensuring we show up and work at Warrington.Waney will not cut us any slack for a sub-standard efficiency. I understand Wire have had a couple of bad outcomes but they got a win at
Widnes last week, and I stand by my forecast at the start of the year that they will be up there contending at the top end of the table.I was pleased to see my old team-mate Dom Crosby make his go back to betting Warrington last weekend.He certainly had it tough last year and the Wolves gave him some time off, which I understand he valued. Dom did a lot of advantages
for our club, and he’s still got a lot of mates here, and it’ll be fascinating facing him this week.Finally, congratulations to Wigan Athletic on their unbelievable outcome on Monday night.To beat Manchester City– once again– in the FA Cup was a remarkable result.