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Pat Richards gives honest opinion on Oliver Gildart following Wigan Warriors departure

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Wests Tigers backroom staff member Pat Richards has had his say on new recruit Oliver Gildart following his move from Wigan Warriors.

Richards himself joined Wigan 2006 and left at the end of 2013, with almost 2,500 points and nearly 250 appearances later.

In that time, Richards won the 2010 and 2013 Super League Grand Finals as well as the 2011 Challenge Cup. Individually, however, his achievements were incredible; he was awarded the Man of Steel in 2010 and became the highest overseas points-scorer in the competition’s history.

But, prior to his time in England, the Irish international winger was also part of the Wests Tigers side that won their one and only NRL Premiership in 2005 having left his first club the Parramatta Eels in 2003.

Richards returned to Wests after leaving Wigan in 2013 before enjoying one more year in Super League with the Catalans Dragons in 2016.

But the former winger is keen to see the England international centre excel for Wests in Australia.

“I’ve watched him come through the grades. He’s a great talent and he’s been handed the opportunity to come over here and test himself,” Richards told

“He’s had a good start to his career over in England — he’s won a couple of titles and played for his country.

“He’s got a good attitude and he’s turned up to training ready to go and I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

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