This weeks 18th Man Contribution below, you can read the full article at Wigan Today by clicking here

Wakefield have won four from four – are they a genuine threat?

At the start of the season, I was very quick to write Wakefield off, now four games in and four wins from four – are they are a real threat? No. For me, they have yet to be tested by a quality opposition and they lack the squad depth to really challenge at the back end of the season. They are most definitely a top-eight side, but once the fixtures start to pile up around Easter, I expect their top four credentials to crumble.


Eddie Hearn says he doesn’t know any rugby league players despite being a sports fan. Can any of the current Super League players become household names – and if so, how?

I think Sam Tomkins was the player earmarked for the celebrity role before he went to the NRL, he appeared on Soccer AM, interviewed Henry Cavil and Russell Crowe and the Man of Steel premiere etc. Those are the types of things that make players household names, being drip feed into the public consciousness and Eddie Hearn can certainly do that. You need someone with the skill of Tomkins, the strength of Sam Burgess and personality of Anthony Gelling – unfortunately, that person doesn’t exist at the moment.; however, my tip would be George Williams.


The NRL kicks-off this week. Will you follow it, if so, what are you looking forward to? Who do you want to win, and who do you think will win it?

I will be watching the NRL this year, I think they are leading the way with online viewing with their new platform to watch every game. I always look forward to seeing how the English players do out in the NRL and how they rise to the challenge that is set before them. I would expect, Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters to be there or thereabouts this year but I think the fitting finale would be Storm v Cowboys; the final game of Smith, Thurston and Slater in an NRL Grand Final would be great.


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