Super League: Darrell Goulding set to boost Wigan options ahead of Leeds clash
Wigan look set to welcome back Darrell Goulding for Friday night's clash with Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.
Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:59am
Goulding has been out with illness and has missed the last three games, though in his absence the Warriors bear London, Castleford, and the Catalans.
Goulding told wigantoday: "I'm ready to play, I'm feeling good and if (coach) Shaun Wane wants me, I'm fit to play.
"To be fair, I probably could have played against Catalan last Friday at a push, but we decided to give it another week and I can't wait to play again.
"It's been frustrating not playing. Playing is different to most jobs, because all week is building up to the 80 minutes on the pitch and - as much as Wigan try and involve you - you don't really feel a part of it when you can't play."
The last time the two sides met, the Warriors ran out 50-8 winners at Headingley, but Goulding is not necessarily expecting a repeat performance.
"I don't think anyone would have called that last score there," admits Goulding. "We had a few players out - the same as now - and we really played well.
"But they're a quality team, they proved that against us in two big games last year.
"We're not going to focus on those results but I'd be lying if I said it won't be in the back of the lads' minds on Friday.
"They're one of our biggest rivals and we'd all be happy to get the win.
"But we also know we'll need to play well to do that. I can't remember being involved in a game against Leeds which wasn't exciting, and Friday will be no different."