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Jon Wilkin suggests he expected big things from Warrington despite previous comments

Before the season started many pundits believed that Daryl Powell could be the first coach to be relieved of his duties if things went wrong for the Warrington Wolves to start the season.

This was because of their 11th place finish in 2022.

Jon Wilkin was one of them and before the start of the season, he said on Sky Sports:

“I think they’ll win some of them [their opening five games], I don’t think they will win all five.

“My point is, if Daryl Powell didn’t address the slump in form quickly then quite simply in sport, you’re out.

“Sport is not sentimental and romantic, it is performance based. Ultimately, this Warrington team have a tough first five fixtures, they didn’t perform last year at all.

“They finished second bottom last year. They have opened the cheque book, there won’t be a team, I believe, that has spent more than Warrington in Super League history and they’ve done that again.

“He’s going to have to get results because if it gets to March 17th and they’re playing Leigh and they lose on the back of more losses, that could be a very difficult conversation for Daryl Powell.”

However, despite saying that previously, Wilkin has said he is not surprised to see the Wolves top of the league.

Speaking on Sky Sports yesterday, Wilkin was asked by Jenna Brooks if he is surprised to see them alone at the top and Wilkin said:

“No not at all, I looked at Warrington’s team and knew that George Williams was coming into the season on the back of a World Cup full of form and full of confidence.

“I don’t think I would have questioned it but the challenge for a team like Warrington is to peak at the right time of the year.

“They want to be coming into their best form at the end of the year. I love how they are playing with power and a balance with lateral movement.”

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