Wigan Warriors centre Oliver Gildart says he hopes to help his club win the Betfred Super League Grand Final (Grand Final winner 8/1) before he departs for Australia to play in the NRL.
Gildart, along with his team mate Jackson Hastings, has agreed to join Wests Tigers for 2022, ending a seven-year stint with his hometown club for whom he made his debut in 2015.
The England international has won the Super League Grand Final twice in 2016 and 2018, scoring a try in the former.
Wigan face Leeds Rhinos (Match betting – Wigan 4/7, Leeds 6/4, tie 18/1) in the play offs on Thursday, with both sides fighting for the right to face League Leaders’ Shield Catalans Dragon in the semi-finals.
In their two clashes this season, they have won one apiece with the away side victorious each time.
Gildart is hoping the match at the DW Stadium will set them up for another Super League triumph, and the 25-year-old wants to emulate the likes of Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, and John Bateman in winning the Grand Final in their last game before departing.
“I’ve had some great memories and I’ve got the opportunity to create one more,” he told reporters.
“I remember Waney’s (Shaun Wane, former coach) last Grand Final and I played with Sam and Josh and Batty in theirs.
“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.”
The match will also be the last in charge for coach Adrian Lam, who is leaving Wigan after three seasons in charge.
Wigan arrive into their game against Leeds on the back of three wins from four games, including a 12-8 win against Catalans.