Wigan Warriors half-back Thomas Leuluai believes his side can hit the ground running in 2021 after an extended pre-season campaign (Wigan – 9/4 Grand Final Winner).
The 2021 Betfred Super League campaign has been delayed until the end of March, a month later than usual. However, Rugby League fans still have six months of high-quality action to look forward to, with Magic Weekend and the Challenge Cup set to go ahead as normal.
After a gruelling winter, Leuluai believes Adrian Lam’s (pictured) side will be well prepared for the new campaign, with him adding that he expects a step up in quality due to the improved conditions.
He told Wigan Today: “The weather is the big one because usually the first few games in January and February are hard conditions and they’re not great for the fans.
“Every club has had longer in training too, but, in saying that, when we came back from lockdown last summer, we only had a couple of weeks to get ready, and I was surprised how well all the clubs did; the standard was good.
“But it’s been good to have a few weeks to work on different things.”
Leuluai is nearly at the end of his 19th pre-season as a professional, and the 35-year-old has yet to decide if the 2021 campaign will be his last.
The former New Zealand Warriors playmaker says he will decide his next move at the end of the campaign, and if it is his last, he will be desperate to go out in style with Wigan 10/1 to win both the Grand Final and Challenge Cup in 2021.
Wigan start the season with a clash with local rivals Leigh Centurions at the end of March before facing Wakefield Trinity, Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers in April.